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Ah, if only I'd known then. Visited Winchester a number of times when my mother's schoolfriend and her family moved to the city...BUT... I didn't know the connection with Jane Austen in those days. I probably didn't read my first Jane Ausen book until a few years later.

Thanks for shedding a tear for her, Chris.

It was my pleasure, Christopher. I hope to go again next year with a friend who has moved to London and never been. And I hope you get to visit again and stop by to say hello to Jane.

What fantastic photos! It's years since I visited Jane Austen's grave, certainly before it was as organised as it is now. I, too, was very moved by the simple stone and inscription.

I couldn't believe it when I saw there was a new post from you - I checked just yesterday because I thought I must have missed them. Spooky.

Thank you for writing such a comprehensive and well-illustrated description, which will be invaluable for those who cannot go themselves.

Thanks HJ - I'm so glad to hear you liked it. I was very conscious of recording as much as I could for those who'd never been or who wanted to remember their trip. It really was a magical experience.

I love your post. Thanks for sharing the pics :)

It was really a great trip. I've enjoyed each picture on here. congratulations.

Thanks for the details of your time in Winchester Chris - I was born in nearby Romsey, but I can only remember the Statue of Alfred(?)and the view from the hill across the town. I don't think I have been in the Cathedral so your pictures were v. interesting, esp. of Jane's tomb. I visited Chawton House in 2008 on a trip to the UK, but did not manage to visit Winchester. Cheers, Keith

Just a wonderful post I enjoyed both posts on your trip to London and your Jane Austen pilgrimage. Beautiful photos. It was exactly how would want to do the tour. Not too mention your beautiful hotel. I would love to take the tour just as you have. I have bookmarked this page and subscribed to your blog just so I can come back often and imagine what it would be like. Just Lovely. And of course I love British TV. Thank you so much for the link to Miranda. I had never heard of her before and I love so many british comedy tv shows I have now subscribed to that as well. Hilarious...what a wonderful new find. I woke up this morning not realizing what a treat I had in store for me. Found this through the Jane Austen's World and I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of viewing you photos and reading about your adventures. Thank you, Thank you !!!
p.s. Look forward to your third installment!

Thanks, all, for your wonderful comments. I'm so glad I can share this trip with you and that it inspires. I'll try to get the next post up in early Dec. I took a ridiculous number of pictures (1400) so there's lots to wade through! In the meantime, Happy (early) Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate the holiday.

Hi Chris. I visited England with my nieces (we are all from the US)last Spring and time did not allow us to visit Winchester Cathedral and Jane's grave. It was so wonderful to share in your thoughts, pictures and tour. Thank you for such a sweet gift to Jane's fans.

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  • Bio
    I'm program director for literary arts for my state arts council. I direct the state Poetry Out Loud program for the NEA. I have degrees. I teach writing. I've published my work. I write novels, poetry, and plays. I love chocolate, am talkative, a realist and idealist, prefer flannel to silk, am a real blonde, and consider books my life - reading them, writing them, smelling them, tasting them (yeah, I've licked a page or two in my time. Who hasn't?).

What I've Read

  • Jane Austen: Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon, Penguin, 1974 (intro Margaret Drabble)
  • Claire Tomalin: Jane Austen, A Life. Vintage Books, New York, 1997.
  • Jane Austen: Persuasion - Penguin Classics Series, edited by Gillian Beer. April, 2003.
  • Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho with intro by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Dover Publications, New York, 2004 (originally G.G. and J. Robinson, London, 1794 and titled: The Mysteries of Udolpho, A Romance; Interspersed with Some Pieces of Poetry.
  • Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, with intro by Alfred Mac Adam, Columbia University. Barnes & Noble classic, New York, 2005. (1818)
  • Jane Austen: Mansfield Park, with intro by Amanda Claybaugh, Columbia University. Barnes & Noble classic, New York, 2004 (1814)
  • Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility with intro and notes by Laura Engel. A Barnes and Noble Classics Book. New York, 2004. (1811)
  • Jane Austen: Emma, A Signet Classic with an Afterword by Graham Hough. The New American Library of Canada, Limited, 1964.
  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice -The World's Classics edition, edited by James Kinsley, with intro by Isobel Armstrong. Oxford University Press, 1990.