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Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen

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The first Jane Austen sequel ever written!

Originally published in 1914, this charming and original sequel to the novels of Jane Austen intertwines the lives of the most beloved characters from all six Austen novels with new characters of the author's devising. Inventive matchmaking leads numerous pairs of lovers through the inevitable (and entertaining) difficulties they
Paperback, 377 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1913)
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Written in 1913, this book is touted as the first Jane Austen sequel ever created. Perhaps it was the first ever published, but I'm sure there were a few fan-fiction writers before then that amused themselves with writing sequels.

This book, like many sequels, weaves in a huge number of characters from her various works and the goal of the work is pretty clearly stated in it's first line, "There is one characteristic which may be safely said to belong to nearly all happily married couples -- that
May 04, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
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Jun 30, 2008 Margie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: die-hard Austen fans
Bottom line: Austen fans will enjoy reading about familiar characters.


This book reminded me of the sixth season of Gilmore Girls; familiar characters and settings, with all the humor and vitality sucked out. The good news is that this illuminates the extent to which Austen was a truly gifted writer. But I'm not sure fans need any convincing in that department.

The author relies way too much on the reader's familiarity with Austen's novels and characters. I've re-read all six Austen nov
Jul 16, 2008 Biancaneve rated it really liked it
Ever wondered what happened to Jane Austen's characters after the books ended? This book, originally written in 1913, gets together all of Austen's characters, who have managed to meet each other and become good friends (for the most part - nobody like those awful Robert Ferrars or Sir Walter Elliott) and furnishes some nice romances for some of the minor characters.
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Aug 27, 2009 Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jane-austen
This book has the honor of being the first sequel to Jane Austen's books ever written. This brave attempt by Ms. Brinton was published in 1913. That being said, the authors attempt at writing a sequel and trying to include characters from Jane Austen's six major novels was, in my opinion very successful. I would recommend being familiar with all six novels before reading this sequel, as you will appreciate and understand all the characters. Those six novels are: Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & ...more
Ana T.
Jul 22, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it
I haven’t read that many Austen sequels yet but I have read a few and I am happy to announce that this one just became a favourite. It was interesting to learn that this story, written in 1913, was the first ever sequel to the Austen books and contrary to many being written today it combines the characters of the several novels.

There is much to love in the story, we revisit familiar characters who may or may not be old favourites, we have the restraint and manners of the Austen stories and we ha
Feb 17, 2010 Katharine rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency, austen, romance, 2010
I had to laugh at the subtitle of Old Friends and New Fancies - an imaginary sequel? I don't know. It seemed like a real book to me. But it was written in 1919, before anyone had invented the word "fanfiction" so I suppose "imaginary sequel" was the best description they could come up with.

It's interesting that the first published Austen paraliterature is also the best I've ever read – a delightfully rambly story that includes characters from all six of the original Austen novels. The author'
May 05, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, austen-mania
This "imaginary sequel" to the novels of Jane Austen is distinct from the plethora of published Austen fan fiction in two ways. Firstly, it is the first such work ever published, in 1913, which made it of interest to me (I probably wouldn't have sought it out otherwise). Secondly, it includes characters from all six of Austen's novels, a very ambitious undertaking which makes for quite a crowded book.

While nothing in the style of writing or characterization grated, the language did seem a little
Apr 07, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it
Austen fan fic has been flooding the market on and off since she first published her books. Some has been wonderfully well-done, like Pamela Aiden's Darcy trilogy, and Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken, which adopt the perspectives of alternative characters in the book to fill out their own stories. Other fan fic has been less successful, as in many of the examples of the sequels that turn into sexy romance novels.

This book is reportedly the first "sequel" to Jane Austen's works. The book brings in ne
May 27, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
It seems that there is a new Jane Austen sequel being published every week and for Jane Austen fans, this is a wonderful opportunity to once again inhabit in the elegant but hilarious world of Austen’s Regency period romantic comedies. “Old Friends and New Fancies,” written in 1913 by Sybil G. Brinton stands out from the sequel crowd for a couple of reasons. Number one, it was the first Austen-inspired sequel ever written and two, it has a rather ambitious objective: to combine the principal cha ...more
Clarissa Draper
Jun 26, 2010 Clarissa Draper rated it it was ok
Shelves: other-literature
Genre: Jane Austen Sequel
How I read it: I own the book.

What attracted me to the book: First of all the cover and then I found out the book was written in 1913 and thought that fact was unique.
Who should read this book: Anyone who loves reading Austen sequels may find this take interesting.

Summary (From Amazon): The first Jane Austen sequel ever written!

Originally published in 1914, this charming and original sequel to the novels of Jane Austen intertwines the lives of the most beloved characters
Rebecca Huston
This one is my favourite of the various Jane Austen spin-offs. The language is right, the story is smart, and it feels correct to the time and place. While I didn't agree with some of the author's conclusions, some of them were spot on. Very much recommended.

For the longer review, please go here:
Dec 26, 2010 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-era, england
Who was this mysterious Sybill G. Brinton? History records very little about her more than her dates of birth and death. She was childless and no known photograph of her exists! What a shame she never wrote anything else. I found her book to be delightful. All the major Jane Austen characters are back and no one, by the end of the book, remains single. Because this book was written in 1913 (says so on the cover), the turn of phrase and general style is much more like Jane's than anything these m ...more
Georgiana 1792
Lost in Austen

- Molto prima che Amanda Price si perdesse a Longbourn;
- Prima dei tempi sospetti in cui la televisione ed il cinema potessero influenzare l’immaginario collettivo con i personaggi austeniani che automaticamente vengono personificati da questo o da quell’attore;
- Prima che gli sceneggiatori ci influenzassero con la loro interpretazione dei romanzi;
- Prima del boom dei sequel e degli spin-off, spesso inquinati da presenze aliene di zombie e di vampiri,
Sybil G. Brinton, nel lonta
Mar 03, 2012 Miriam rated it did not like it
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Apr 07, 2012 Virginia rated it really liked it
This is one of the better Austen spin-offs that I've read. It does pull in characters
from all the novels, and assumes that you know their backstories, so you'll be totally
lost if all you know is "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility". The
characters' behavior is generally consistent with what we already knew of them, and
various incidents from the novels are echoed in this one. We get at least a little
of all the heroines, plus everyone's favorite villainess, Lucy Steele.

The story follow
May 09, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
I wish I could give 2 and 1/2 stars - that would be a more accurate rating for me.

I liked how the author incorporated most of the people from JA's novels. Having certain characters fall in love with each other seemed realistic and I was happy with the romantic pairings.

BUT - I never felt emotionally invested in what was happening. The characters just kind of moved around from here to there and had things happen to them. I guess that is the genius of JA (or any good writer) - the reader is made t
Jun 09, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it
What hath Sybil wrought? This is the first published Austen sequel and who knew that 80 or years later, authors would launch their careers by using characters and plot already created (and crafted infinitely better)for them?

I had heard this was not very good, and by all rights it should be a mess. Brinton throws just about every character Austen created into the lives of the Darcys, regardless of the obvious time lapses and the unlikelyhood of them movng in the same social circles! It starts wi
Silvia Frassineti
Feb 10, 2016 Silvia Frassineti rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
She is not a writer.
Mar 06, 2015 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo
In realtà sono 4 stelle e mezzo

Soprattutto negli ultimi anni i "derivati" austeniani si sono moltiplicati a vista d'occhio, prequel, sequel, variazioni, cambi di punti di vista. Io stessa ho letto molti di questi libri ( giusto qualche nome: le serie di Carrie Bebris e Stephanie Barron, le variazioni di Abigail Reynolds, i diari di Amanda Grange). E poi film, telefilm, film per la tv, fumetti... Ebbene, il libro di Sybil G. Brinton è il capostipite di tutto questo filone! Venne infatti pubblic
Carlyn Brody
Nov 30, 2013 Carlyn Brody rated it liked it
This novel was written in 1918 and is the first fan novel of Jane Austen’s work. It combines almost all of Jane Austen’s characters. Brinton tried her best to emulate Jane Austen’s writing style and common Austen traits to the plot such as romance between people of different classes, misunderstandings that separate the pair, balls and decorum.

The main character is Georgiana Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. She was the sister of Mr Darcy and was one of the minor characters. Georgiana is described
Il primo sequel Austeniano della storia (e credo anche uno dei primissimi sequel letterari non ufficiali in generale) si è rivelato una lettura gradevole e brillante, e mi ha fatto molto piacere tornare in quel mondo che ho tanto amato e in cui adoro rifare capolino di tanto in tanto (magari con le opere incompiute, o qualche adattamento cinematografico particolarmente riuscito). Si sente la freschezza di un libro che intanto non doveva sgomitare sullo scaffale con mille prodotti analoghi e quin ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Lia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Georgiana Darcy ha vent'anni, non ha ancora lasciato Pemberley: riservata, timida, ha miti inclinazioni. Si cela. Il suo desiderio di amore e protezione (amore e protezione di cui vorrebbe godere nella casa del fratello) malgrado ciò sta per essere messo in pericolo. E anche la sua felicità. Perché Georgiana più di ogni altra cosa cela il suo cuore. Elizabeth, ora Mrs. Darcy, sa di osare. Eppure, ultimamente, la giovane cognata le appare turbata. Il fidanzamento col colonnello Fitzwilliam può fo ...more
3,5/5 plutôt...

L'histoire se déroule après la fin des six romans principaux de Jane Austen, mêle les différentes intrigues et met en avant les personnages secondaires. Pour ces raisons, je conseille vivement de lire tout Jane Austen avant de se lancer dans celui-ci (même si c'est ce que je recommande de toutes façons d'une manière générale). Ici, cela vous évitera de vous spoiler mais vous aidera aussi grandement à comprendre les relations et le passif des uns et des autres.

De Darcy à Wentworth
Claire Saim
May 26, 2015 Claire Saim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De Darcy à Wentworth (Old friends and new fancies en VO) est la toute première fanfiction inspirée de l’oeuvre de Jane Austen, publiée pour la première fois en 1913. Elle met notamment en scène Elizabeth Darcy, son époux le charismatique Mr Darcy, et bien d’autres personnages que l’on adore, en particulier des personnages secondaires, comme le Colonel Fizwilliam, Kitty Bennet ou encore Mary Crawford...

Anciennes connaissances et nouvelles amitiés se rencontrent, s’approchent ou s’éloignent dans u
May 24, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Written in 1913, this was billed as the first Jane Austen fanfic ever written (but ahem, how do they know???).

It's actually less awful than some other Austen-related books I've read--at least it avoids creating its plot out of the premise that one of the happy Austen couples suddenly has a horrible misunderstanding that ruins their marriage/happiness until it's solved super easily in the denouement of the book. Unfortunately, that didn't stop the book from having a similar kind of irritating pl
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My English review

Quand j’ai vu la sortie de ce livre, j’avoue que j’ai été très curieuse. Je suis fan des dérivés de tout ce qui touche à Orgueil et Préjugés et maintenant que j’ai lu Emma, j’étais intriguée par le fait que nous retrouvions certains des personnages connus des histoires. Mais ce n’est pas tout, car nous avons aussi la chance de retrouver d’autres protagonistes provenant des autres écrits de l’auteur. Cependant, je pense que le fait de ne pas avoir lu plus de r
Apr 25, 2016 Léa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, jane-austen-lover
Avant toute chose, je conseille ce roman aux personnes ayant lu tous les romans de Jane Austen. Nous retrouvons en effet ici, les personnages principaux et secondaires de Orgueil Et Prejuges, Mansfield Park, Raison et Sentiments, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion et Emma.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Persuasion by Jane Austen Emma by Jane Austen

Ces romans sont donc à lire prioritairement avant de commencer celui-ci (je ne peux que vous conseiller de lire tous les romans de Jane Austen). Sans bien connaître ces personnages vous risquez d'être perdu dans l'intrigue
Sep 17, 2016 Story_Girl rated it liked it
A fun, entertaining read for Jane Austen fans; Old fFriends and New Fancies was written by Sybil G. Brinton in 1913, making it the first ever sequel to any of Jane Austen's work. And Sybil Brinton did not just write a sequel to one of Jane Austen's novels, she wrote it for them all.
Although this book is a little confusing at first as there are so many characters included, and of course a number of them have the same names (such as Henry Crawford and Henry Tilney, Robert Ferrars and Robert Fitzw
Sep 20, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: librivox
Felt pretty true to Austen's characters. It's funny how the author really doesn't like Emma!
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