Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Dearest Jane:
I just wanted to send my best wishes on your 236th birthday! Now, I know that after the first 200 years of life birthdays no longer seem so important, but as one of your best friends I wanted to send you a little token of my love and friendship. I first heard this played by Miss Mary Bennet at the Netherfield ball (I believe I told you about THAT fiasco!), but, in spite of Miss Bennet’s lack of talent, I thought the song itself had potential. I bought it for myself and so enjoyed it that I wanted to share the work with you. It is by Handel…I know, I know, a little old fashioned and stuffy, but you must admit that he CAN compose! And it was SO funny to see his face when he found out that his former patron, the Elector of Hanover, was to become the King of England when GF had been lurking about London for years and delaying his return to Hanover. What a hoot! Well, my dearest friend, I hope you enjoy the music…and keep Mary Bennet away from the pianoforte! :-)
Love,
C. Allyn Pierson


To find out what else Jane got for her birthday, just visit the surprise party put on by Maria Grazia at My Jane Austen Bookclub, and and Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn and maybe you will win a present too! I am giving away a copy of Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister and the giveaway is open worldwide!

Jane’s other friends who are at the party:

  1. Sharon Lathan  Blog: Sharon Lathan      Giveaway : Miss Darcy Falls in Love
  2. Emily Snyder    Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted     Giveaway: Letters of Love & Deception
  3. Laurel Ann Nattress     Blog:  Austenprose  Giveaway: signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
  4. Cindy Jones     Blog: First Draft    Giveaway:  a signed copy of “My Jane Austen Summer” and a package of Lily Berry’s Pink Rose Tea by Bingley’s, Ltd.
  5. Farida Mestek     Blog:  Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England     Giveaway: I was Jane Austen Best Friend by Cora Harrison
  6. Marilyn Brant    Blog:    Brant Flakes     Giveaway : A canvas ACCORDING TO JANE tote bag and a pair of A SUMMER IN EUROPE luggage tags.
  7. Prue Batten    Blog: Mesmered’s Blog     Giveaway : Anna Elliot’s  “Georgiana Darcy” (Kindle book)
  8. Erin Blakemore   Blog:   The Heroine’s Bookshelf       Giveaway :  a set of Potter-Style Pride and Prejudice notecards  
  9.  Blog: vvb32 read      Giveaway: Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book (Charming Petites) By Jane Austen,  Edited by Sophia Bedford-Pierce, Illustrated by Mullen & Katz,  Introduction by  Barbara Paulding
  10. Karen Doornebos     Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown    Giveaway: 2 Jane Austen Candles and 2 signed DNMD books plus drink coasters and tea!
  11. Regina Jeffers  ReginaJeffers’s Blog    Giveaway:  An autographed copy of “Christmas at Pemberley “
  12. Alyssa Goodnight    Blog: Alyssa Goodnight   Giveaway: Jane Austen Action figure
  13. Deb     Blog: Jane Austen in  Vermont     Giveaway:  JASNA 2012 calendars from the Wisconsin JASNA Region
  14. Laura Hile,  Susan Kaye, Pamela Aidan, and Barbara Cornthwaite
    Blog: Jane Started It!      Giveaway: One copy of Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour by Pamela Aidan, One set of Frederick Wentworth, Captain (Books 1 and 2) by Susan Kaye,   Two copies of Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course (Book 1) by Laura Hile,   George Kinghtley, Gentleman (Books 1 and 2) by Barbara Cornthwaite.
  15. Juliet Archer     Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner     Giveaway:  a copy of “Persuade Me”  and one of “The Importance of Being Emma”
  16. 18. Jane Greensmith     Blog: Reading, Writing, Working , Playing     Giveaway: a copy of  “Intimations of Austen”, and Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
  17. Jenny Allworthy     Blog : The Jane Austen Film Club       Giveaway:  a copy of Northanger Abbey DVD starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild (The winner will choose region 1 or 2 DVD)
  18. Sitio Jane Austen     Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane      Giveaway:  – Spanish edition of Sense and Sensibility for the 200th Anniversary + A DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen
    (It’s only zone 2, but it’s in Spanish and English ) +  blu-ray of the BBC’s Emma with Romola Garai
  19. Kaitlin Saunders     Blog : Kaitlin Saunders      Giveaway: “A Modern Day Persuasion”
  20. Becky Rhodehouse     Blog: One Literature Nut     Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads
  21. Patrice Sarath   Blog: Patrice Sarath      Giveaway: A copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet
  22. Adriana Zardini     Site: Jane Austen Brasil     Giveaway: DVD – Sense and Sensibility (1995) – English / Portuguese subtitles
  23. Jane Odiwe     Blog: Jane Austen Sequels      Giveaway:  a mug with one of  Jane Odiwe’s illustrations and a copy of her “Mr Darcy’s Secret”
  24. Courtney Webb     Stiletto Storytime     Giveaway: Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant (Regency Romance)
  25. Jennifer Becton     Blog: Jennifer W. Becton     Giveaway: An ebook of the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, which contains all of my Austenesque works: Charlotte Collins, “Maria Lucas,” and Caroline Bingley. The giveaway will be open internationally.
  26. Vera Nazarian     Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont      Giveaway: a copy of Vera Nazarian’s gift hardcover edition of her inspirational calendar and diary, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
  27. Abigail Reynolds     Blog: Pemberley Variations      Giveaway:   a signed copy of “Mr. Darcy’s Undoing”
  28. Blog: AustenAuthors     Giveaway:  Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester
  29. Katherine Cox     November’s Autumn     Giveaway :$10 B&N Gift-card (US only)
  30. Maria Grazia     My Jane Austen Book Club     Giveaway : A selection of Austenesque reads

44 comments on “Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

  1. Sophia Rose says:

    That’s an excellent gift- music! Ha! Keep Mary away from the pianoforte. Too funny!

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

  2. Mystica says:

    Thank you for the post and the links! also for making it open to all. Much appreciated.

  3. Oloore says:

    Oh, I wish I had been more diligent in practicing piano, so now I could have really enjoyed your wonderful music gift to Jane Austen. But, alas, I’m even worse than Mary :P Still I thank you for sharing music sheets (maybe I will selfishly insist on my friend’s playing it for me) and for your kind giveaway!

  4. Cynthia Wong says:

    how exciting that we are all celebrating Jane’s birthday worldwide!!!!

    thank you for this lovely giveaway!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  5. C. Allyn Pierson says:

    I’m glad you liked Jane’s present! The drawing for the giveaway is open until December 23! Pardon me while I go practice the piano.

  6. elaine says:

    Happy Birthday dear Jane!! I’m so glad I got to know you all these years and that I’m not alone. Thank you Bloggers for feeding my obsession and for the gifts.

  7. Happy Jane’s Birthday! I would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for offering it!

  8. Sharon says:

    Happy B’day Jane Austen!

  9. Else T says:

    Delightful letter and music! Happy Birthday, Jane!

  10. Lia says:

    Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!! I would love to win your giveaway.
    Lia Freitas

  11. mjmbecky says:

    Happy Birthday to our dear Jane! it’s so nice to meet some other great Austen fans. :)

  12. Strange, but I haven’t seen Miss Mary Bennet for a while now. Not since the Lucas girls were with her and heading toward the library. I thought that was an odd place to visit but now that I think of it there is that enormous armoire in there and I do believe it locks. Those mischievous girls! I better go check to be sure, although perhaps I will wait until the celebration is nearly over. Just to be on the safe side…..

  13. Denise Adorian says:

    What wonderful fun were all having.I join you in honoring Jane.Please enter me in your giveaway.Denise @knuckled54@yahoo.com Thank you.

  14. Olga says:

    This is such a great way to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday. I had no idea there were so many Ausenesque works out there. I will have to get busy reading! Thanks.

  15. Iris says:

    Music is a wonderful Austen-birthday gift. I wouldn’t have thought of it, but it’s so fitting!

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway: irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. BeckyC says:

    What a wonderful gift! This is the best blog hop ever!!

    Happy birthday, Jane!

    No need to enter my name. I already own your wonderful book!

  17. Ah! Music! What a lovely gift. Of course, as long as Mary Bennet is not around :D

  18. C. Allyn Pierson says:

    Thanks Becky C! Glad you are enjoying the blog hop. This music is so easy that even Mary could play it…but without much taste or expression.

  19. Jakki Leatherberry says:

    Happy Birthday, Jane! What a great gift, Carrie! And yes, please keep Mary Bennet away from the pianoforte!

  20. Heatherly says:

    Lovely music, wonder who has a piano forte we can borrow

  21. Poof Books says:

    We are lucky, even though you are an accomplished physician you took a detour to give us more Jane. The book looks like something I would love and I hope to win.

    Thank you for the dance.

  22. Kelli H. says:

    What a lovely gift for our dear Jane!!:)

  23. araminta18 says:

    What a great gift!! Thanks!

  24. The gift of music is so special. Thank you, Carey, for thinking of it.

  25. The gift of music to be enjoyed by all- Jane would be proud of such a gift!

  26. Gloria D. says:

    What a wonderful gift you gave Jane. And please enter me in your book giveaway! Thanks in advance!

  27. Kathryn Kane says:

    Maybe instead of keeping Mary Bennett away from the pianoforte, the thing to do is get her a good music master so she can learn to play properly.

    Poor Mary, I often thought it would have been appropriate for her to have married the dull Reverend Collins. As my brother used to say, “At least they would not have ruined two couples!” But then again, Lizzie would not have been so willing to go to Rosings to visit Mary as she would have been to visit her friend Charlotte. And then, there would have been no first proposal from the arrogant Mr. Darcy. I wonder if Jane debated that option when she was writing P & P?

    Thank you for participating in Jane’s birthday soiree! What a great way to let the world celebrate the birth of our favorite author.

    Regards,

    Kat

  28. Happy Birthday, Jane! That is a lovely piece of music. :)

  29. Diana says:

    Happy birthday, Jane!
    ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com

  30. Katrin says:

    Lovely music!! :)
    Happy birthday , Jane AUsten!

  31. Nadia K. says:

    Thanks for the sheet music – hopefully I’ll do this better justice than our dear Mary! Happy Birthday Jane!

  32. Laura Hile says:

    Love this piece of Handel’s, Carey. In fact, my long-suffering music appreciation students have this on their most recent study CD. The exam has a classical “name that tune” section, which they’ll face Jan 6.

    My skill on the piano approximates poor Mary’s. Lack of confidence coupled with lack of coordination results in disaster! I’d rather have a root canal than play anything in public! (Or in private!) Singing in a choir is safer, and would be a better choice for Mary. As with an army, there is strength in numbers! :)

  33. Maria Grazia says:

    Love Handel’s music and Vivaldi’s and Mozart’s. They convey such joy!
    I can’t play any instrument. Not an accomplished lady, I know. :-)
    Thanks for joining the fun, Carey, and for contributing to make it even greater with your brilliant gift for Jane.

  34. Felicia says:

    Happy Birthday Miss Austen!

    felicialso @gmail. com

  35. Mary Preston says:

    Music to write by. How beautiful.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  36. Marijke says:

    What a nice gift!

  37. stilettostorytime says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Dear Jane! Please enter me in your giveaway as well. Thanks!

    Courtney

  38. Claire says:

    Ummm the gift of music!!! My e-mail address is tiernarebeldia@gmail.com

  39. IdentitySeeker says:

    Aww! I think it’s a sweet gesture to send Jane a song for her birthday and I agree, Mary should be kept away from the pianoforte. I’m crazily in love with all thing Jane Austen. Thank you for this great giveaway:)

    Sarah

    sarah.setar@gmail.com

  40. Happy birthday, Jane! Thanks for the giveaway.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. rainakochan says:

    i never played piaono but i would have loved hearing being put on music the notes of ur gift :)
    that’s remind of elizabeth playing piano in the 2005 movie :)
    jandia4junpyo@yahoo.fr

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