An Afternoon with Jane Austen scholar and expert David Shapard

An Afternoon with Jane Austen scholar and expert David Shapard

Sat, 05/21/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Pictured: David M. Shapard

Credit: Michael Lionstar

Join us for a conversation with David M. Shapard, the author of new annotated editions of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility.

David will share his vast knowledge of Austen's life and work, with plenty of time for audience questions and a book signing. It's happening on Saturday, May 21st at 2 p.m. at WXXI. Tickets are just $25, and can be purchased by calling (585) 258-0200.

David graduated with a Ph.D. in European History from the University of California at Berkeley; his specialty was the eighteenth century. In the course of his work, he has explored so much about Jane Austen's life and work and time. He'll share insight into the historical context of her novels including rules of etiquette, legal and economic realities, parallels to Austen's personal life, clarifications of archaic words and much more.



Prevalent Themes in Jane Austen novels

Dear Mr. Shapard,

If I were to write a lengthy essay on a prevalent theme in Jane Austen novels, would Romantic Interactions between characters be a good topic? Any suggestions? Thanks!


David Shapard's visit

Thank you for hosting this event. We four from Valley Manor were delighted to add to our knowledge of Jane Austen. We had read all six novels and had discussions about each one in a program called "Tea and Jane Austen". We will be starting on the novels of EM Forster next. David commented to me that Forster admired her writing and thought of her as a mentor -- and we did not know that when his novels were chosen for our book club.

Lady Catherine, etc.

Please deliver a message to David that I regret I am unable to attend his visit to WXXI since the local JA chapter is hosting a luncheon with the editor of Persuasions at the same time. We corresponded a few years ago on Lady Catherine, and if he will respond with a new email address I can forward him my correspondence with Patricia Spacks on the same subject. Also David, please look for my edition of Lady Susan, coming out soon. My attempt at your earlier email address failed.