Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the the greatest novelists to have written in English. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, to name four of her novels, are widely read and are also adapted as movies and television series.

Jane Austen started writing as a child. Her adult work is directly related to her childhood writings. And now, finally, some of the childhood writings have themselves been adapted into movies. The new movie,  Love and Friendship, borrows its title from the work of the same name, written when Jane Austen was eleven, but is actually based on Lady Susan, which Austen wrote when she was nineteen.

Both works are written in the form of a correspondence. Today, with the resurgence in correspondence through texting and email, the epistolary story is a format that once again makes sense for young writers.

The full movie can be rented from Amazon.com and from Curzon Cinemas.

William Rubel, Editor
About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children's art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, "The Magic of Fire," is about hearth cooking. My book, "Bread, a global history," speaks for itself. I am currently writing a 130,000-word bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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