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Things I like: Musicals and Books
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OH MY WORD! I found more footage from La Révolution Française — yes, Boublil and Schönberg’s 1973 rock opera (the only other clip I know of is this).

Yes, before they wrote Les Mis, they wrote the song “Chouans, en avant” which became a #1 hit on the French charts.

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the fact that jane austen was a woman AND a writer is social activism in itself.

theotherausten:

LOOK AT HER LETTERS.  look at how wicked and wonderful and multi-dimensional she really was.  and here’s something telling: HER SISTER CASSANDRA BURNED THE MAJORITY OF THE LETTERS.  if what’s left shows a flirtatious, intelligent, sincere and deliciously bitchy jane, JUST IMAGINE WHAT WAS IN THE BURNED LETTERS.  who knows, perhaps more tales of tom lefroy, harsher words for her neighbors and family, even more brutal honesty.  if we must go on comparing austen and shakespeare, i would say that both of their lives are equally shrouded in mystery.

That’s not the half of it. It’s a well known fact that Austen’s relatives heavily censored her letters when they were first published and they suppressed much of her writing. In fact correct copies of her letters were not printed until the 1950s and her so-called juvenilia wasn’t published until the early 20th century.

Emily Auerbach’s wonderful book Searching for Jane Austen shows you just how revolutionary Austen was and how heavily she was suppressed. The Jane Austen Society of North America has one of the chapters from the book on their site about this censorship: Restoring the “Fleas” and “Bad Breath”

It’s eye opening. Today we look at Austen as this stereotypical maiden aunt: sweet, never getting in anyone’s way etc … That idea comes from the first biography of Austen that was published in 1870 by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh.

Auerbach shows how Austen-Leigh makes claims about his aunt that are blatantly false.

 “The politics of the day occupied very little of her attention,” Austen-Leigh concludes, but he fails to tell readers that he has carefully excised her remarks [in Austen’s personal letters] about sloops and frigates, the East Indies, Nova Scotia, and a 44-gun ship called the Expedition. Austen-Leigh also needed to support his claim that his aunt knew nothing of medicine, so he cuts sentences referring to bones, fractures, bile, and emetics. To keep his aunt from sounding too intellectual or bookish, he takes the razor to her allusions to Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and other literary works. Better a reference to a petticoat than a novel, apparently

And it gets worse than that. Much worse!

Seriously, go read Auerbach essay (or the whole book if you can get it!). It is painful, PAINFUL how heavily Austen was censored and how powerful Austen-Leigh’s claims are today. When most people talk about Jane Austen today they are really talking about Austen-Leigh’s fake version of her. As Auerbach concluded:

Why is it important to remind ourselves about the extensive censorship of Jane Austen’s letters? It epitomizes the decades of whitewashing and pigeonholing, sweetening and softening that transformed Jane Austen into a writer too often regarded even in the twenty-first century as the author of “girlie books” and the inspirer of “chick flicks.” The most recent Jane Austen seminar I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison consisted of 39 females and 1 male student who apologetically explained, “My mother made me take this class.” In any search for Jane Austen, we must break free of dear Aunt Jane and of two centuries of attempts to put her down, touch her up, and shut her up. We must strip off those ruffles and ringlets added to her portrait, restore the deleted fleas and bad breath to her letters, and meet Jane Austen’s sharp, uncompromising gaze head on.

(p.s. Bravo to the O.P.!)

Seriously, read Auerbach’s book — so you can throw it at the next person who calls Austen’s work pre-Twilight chic lit.

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iammyurl:

By Erica Kuschel.

If this doesn’t make you want to visit Peru, then you don’t deserve to see these pics. Shoo shoo scroll away.

The hillllls are allliiiiiiive with the sound of … 

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It’s a surprisingly unmusical trailer for a so-called movie musical if you ask me.

I hope I’m not the one singing “Agony” after seeing it.

(Source: prnceneal, via syntaxofaberrations)

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I Made a Tags Page

I’ve been going through tags trying to clean things up a bit and I discovered that nearly all my posts can fit into one of two categories: musicals or books. I may at some point tag them that way. But for now they are tagged:

  • Les Misérables — book, musical and films
  • Tweets from the Barricade — Les Mis movie
  • French Musicals — except Les Mis in most cases; includes French-Canadian shows
  • German Musicals — this includes Austrian and Swiss shows; also random historical bits about Sisi and some things about the film Sissi (don’t ask me why the filmmakers spelled it wrong)
  • Musicals — American and British musicals and a couple movie musicals; mostly does not include Les Mis or French and German shows.
  • My Art — mostly fan art: YA, Les Mis and French Musicals
  • Books — mostly YA stuff, but also Les Mis when it’s just about the book
  • Literary Vlogs — The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Nothing Much to Do
  • Seattle — my home

Posts I’m particularly proud of
(hint: Like these or we can’t be friends — just kidding):

More to come …

See My Tag Page (same content as here, but a more permanent place)

already tagged everything above

The Most ‘What-The …’ Video I Have Ever Seen

I will laugh as soon as I can move my face.

I was thinking about this video earlier today and I went and found it again and decided that more people here needed to see it. I cannot even count the number of things that are wrong with this video. Yes, it’s a parody but it’s also: Cultural Sensitivities: FAIL! 

Seriously, watch it …

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lesmizbway:

lesmizbway:





We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first playbill give away! Since we’ve been lucky enough to see the show multiple times, we picked up a couple extra playbills along the way. Also, we feel it is necessary to give back to you guys since you’ve all been so supportive and wonderful with responding to this tumblr. We all really appreciate every single one of you and are so excited to give back to our fellow Les Miz Broadway fans!
To make this easier on us, you will not have a say in which playbill you receive if you win. We are choosing a separate number for each playbill. Also, only one of each playbill will be given away. To decide who will receive a playbill, we will use a random number generator. 
Okay! So lets see what we have to give away….
1st preview unsigned
Opening Night unsigned (no opening night sticker, but it is labeled as such on the inside)
April 12 Forbach/Enjolras signed by Keala Settle and Jason Forbach
June 26 McCarrell/Marius Quinlan/Enjolras Hackmann/Valjean signed by various cast members but not all + pride playbill 
June 27 Forbach/Enjolras McCarrell/Marius unsigned + pride playbill
Rules!
Must be following us!
Reblogs only please! You can like as a bookmark, though. We will not count regular likes, sorry!
You can reblog as much as you want!
No giveaway blogs please! Its just not as fun! 
Please be patient with us!
If you are a lucky winner, you will have one week to answer us! 
Giveaway ends August 1st 9pm Eastern Standard time!


















One day more left to enter our giveaway!

lesmizbway:

lesmizbway:

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first playbill give away! Since we’ve been lucky enough to see the show multiple times, we picked up a couple extra playbills along the way. Also, we feel it is necessary to give back to you guys since you’ve all been so supportive and wonderful with responding to this tumblr. We all really appreciate every single one of you and are so excited to give back to our fellow Les Miz Broadway fans!

To make this easier on us, you will not have a say in which playbill you receive if you win. We are choosing a separate number for each playbill. Also, only one of each playbill will be given away. To decide who will receive a playbill, we will use a random number generator. 

Okay! So lets see what we have to give away….

  1. 1st preview unsigned
  2. Opening Night unsigned (no opening night sticker, but it is labeled as such on the inside)
  3. April 12 Forbach/Enjolras signed by Keala Settle and Jason Forbach
  4. June 26 McCarrell/Marius Quinlan/Enjolras Hackmann/Valjean signed by various cast members but not all + pride playbill 
  5. June 27 Forbach/Enjolras McCarrell/Marius unsigned + pride playbill

Rules!

  1. Must be following us!
  2. Reblogs only please! You can like as a bookmark, though. We will not count regular likes, sorry!
  3. You can reblog as much as you want!
  4. No giveaway blogs please! Its just not as fun! 
  5. Please be patient with us!
  6. If you are a lucky winner, you will have one week to answer us! 

Giveaway ends August 1st 9pm Eastern Standard time!

One day more left to enter our giveaway!

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