Rosina Filippi's Duologues and Scenes from the Novels of Jane Austen: Arranged and Adapted for Drawing-Room Performance (1895) was groundbreaking. The first published dramatization of Austen's fiction, Filippi's Duologues led thousands of women to give voice to Austen's characters on amateur stages of all kinds. The book included illustrations by Margaret Fletcher to guide actors on costumes, but the illustrations also offered interpretations of Austen's characters and models for female behavior and comportment. Fletcher's illustrations suggest sociable, lively heroines, echoing the work of the scenes themselves. Below are Fletcher's illustrations. The final cupid image is certainly inspired by the figures in Hugh Thomson's Pride and Prejudice edition (1894), a great illustrated success, published the previous year. (See Chapter Three of The Making of Jane Austen for more on Thomson.)
Is It right for your book club?
Yes, Definitely! I'd love to hear from you if you're considering it.
This book Works best in Clubs Familiar with Austen's fiction OR Its film adaptations. (You could Read or watch Pride and Prejudice and then Choose this book.)