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Effusions of Fancy: Consisting of Annotated Sketches from the Life of Jane Austen in a Style Entirely New Paperback – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Paintbox Publishing (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954572203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954572204
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,076,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'jewel-like watercolors',...'text and pictures work together harmoniously'...'a study of the miniaturist-like, enameled details is rewarding and refreshing.' -- JASNA News, Winter 2004, reviewed by Diana Birchall

... the artist's attempt to portray the young Jane Austen, whose personality sparkles and leaps from her novels, has succeeded. -- Hampshire Chronicle October 10 2003

....a work of art with beautiful layout and excellent present for the Jane Austen collector who has everything.... -- Jane Austen Society Newsletter (Scottish Branch) Autumn 2004.

She cleverly 'reworks' Cassandra's famous water colour portrait, imbuing life to her features...shows a woman of charm and sparkle... -- Hampshire Chronicle October 10 2003

From the Author

The inspiration for Effusions of Fancy came from the two authenticated sketches made by Jane Austen's sister Cassandra, contemporary paintings, silhouettes of Austen family members and Jane's correspondence with her sister. We are often left with the idea that the novelist we love, was a prim, staid spinster who lived at home and led an uneventful life. The two water colour sketches by Cassandra give us an impression of how she looked but have always left me wanting more. I wanted to add to the few images that we have of her and portray the sparkling personality which leaps from the pages of her novels and letters. The sisters kept up a regular, almost daily correspondence whenever they were apart and although Cassandra's letters have not survived, we can glean hints of their content from Jane's writings. I decided to combine paintings, drawings and letters as though executed by Cassandra. I thought it might be fun to imagine the sort of letters Cassandra might have written and to draw other pictures she may have had in her head. I wanted to see Jane Austen as a baby, a small child, a young girl at a ball and standing beside her first love, with her hair dressed and her heart full of hope. I wanted to show the girl who was described by contemporaries as pretty and vivacious, a girl who flirted and loved to dance. I hope that in a small way I can change people's perceptions of the novelist, from that of a country spinster, to that of a young girl who enjoyed life, who had hopes and dreams like the heroines in her books and give a glimpse into the world from which the delightful Pride and Prejudice was born. This book was made to satisfy my particular need and I hope that you will approve and forgive my presumption.

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What a lovely collection this is, Odiwe has presented a really different and gorgeously presented book. It is all the sketches of Austen that never happened during her lifetime. Clearly Odiwe is a fan of Austen, and has a good eye for period detail, and the style of 'naive' picture which gently bred women of the period indulged in. The result is this really interesting book. It is a collection of letters which Cassandra wrote during her lifetime and pictures of Jane as perhaps she might have been at that time. A younger and vibrant Jane, the girl that shone out in her letters and books rather than the stern matron from the one face on portrait which remains of her.
It starts with the birth of Jane and her sister Cassandra's 'letter' from this time and follows their lives toghether, the seasons and holidays and so on. This is more than just a chronology of their lives but more each event is a reflection of what life was like then, Cassandra's love-interest (and his death), jane's Birth, Christmas etc.
This book is a slim volume but well presented and would be a lovely keepsake or gift for someone who is a keen austen fan, or keen on the Regency or Georgian period of English History. My copy will definitely be kept on the shelf.
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