An author talk on Persuasion, evocation of a lost romance, at 6.30pm 28 June at The Cheeseboard, 31 Wolverhampton Street, Stafford, Queensland, 4053.…
Abstract submitted for JASNA AGM 2018
I would like to present to the Kansas AGM my contention, set down in Jane and D’Arcy, that Jane Austen’s Persuasion is an allegory based on her own life experience. Persuasion is the sad and lamentable story of a lost love that eventually ends in happiness when the long absent hero returns. Following a series of embarrassing romances and encounters, he eventually reciprocates with a declaration that he has always loved her, giving the story a fairy-tale, happy-ever-after ending.
There is another ending to Jane Austen’s story that was too painful for her to explore. It is her own real-life story in which the hero, forced from her life by the Austen family, never returned. At the very early age of fourteen, Jane fell in love with D’Arcy Wentworth, with whom she had an exciting and eventful love affair. The Austen family, to protect their good name, enforced their separation. Jane was persuaded to abandon her lover and their affair was never to be mentioned again. Continue reading PERSUASION: THE EVOCATION OF A LOST ROMANCE
Wal Walker, a descendant of Darcy, tells his family story of the enduring romance between Jane and Darcy, lifting the veil of secrecy that has hidden their love story for over two hundred years.
Among the many new books written to celebrate the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death, an unheralded contribution from Australia, Jane & D’Arcy, tells the Wentworth family story, never before made public, of the teenage romance of Jane Austen and D’Arcy Wentworth.
Jane & D’Arcy reveals the story of the enduring love of Jane Austen for the real Mr Darcy, D’Arcy Wentworth. He remained the fixed star in Jane’s firmament, and their enduring romance inspired much of her writing. D’Arcy left England in 1790 for the colony of New South Wales while Jane remained in Steventon, in her father’s rectory. In their separation, in time, their lives blossomed, each within their narrow confines. It was as if their parting gave them the opportunity to fulfil their destiny.
Jane Austen went on to publish and hand to posterity, novels to amaze the whole room. D’Arcy, an Irish surgeon, became a leader in the early colony of New South Wales, and an advocate for the rights of the convicts and emancipists. His eldest son, William Charles, the Native Son, was the liberator of New South Wales from British colonial rule.
Jane & D’Arcy is in two volumes, Folly is Not Always Folly and Such Talent & Such Success. It tells the long hidden story of their romance and adventures. It will move and delight Jane Austen’s readers.…
While researching the writings of D’Arcy Wentworth I compiled these lists from his extensive Medical Notebook
Leonora Austen worked in the book trade at St Paul’s Churchyard, in the heart of the London booksellers’ district, for forty-six years, from 1737 to 1783. She was the younger sister of Jane Austen’s father, George Austen, Jane was her niece. Continue reading Jane Austen’s Aunt – A Life in the Book Trade – Leonora Austen (1732-1783)
Melbourne Launch, Such Talent
Such Talent & Such Success was launched in Melbourne at Avenue Books, Albert Park, on Monday 25 September.
Author Talk Bathurst
On Saturday, 19 April at 2.00pm, Wal Walker gave a talk about Jane & D’Arcy at the Bathurst Library.
Author Talk Buderim
On Friday 4 August, Wal Walker gave an author talk in the sunny courtyard of Books of Buderim.
Sydney Launch, Such Talent
On 28 July 2017, at 10.00am, Such Talent & Such Success was officially launched in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney. Pro Chancellor Dorothy Hoddinott welcomed Jane Austen lovers, students and staff, Wentworth family and friends and visitors, and invited former Chancellor of the University and former New South Wales Governor, Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir, to launch the second and final volume of Jane & D’Arcy.
At 5.30pm, 18 July 2017, the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen in Winchester, author Wal Walker gave a talk at the Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, entitled
Jane & D’Arcy : Fact or Fiction.
At 6.30pm, 20 July 2017, he spoke about Jane & D’Arcy at the Leichhardt Library, 7-15 Wetherill Street, Leichhardt.
Melbourne Launch, Folly
Folly was launched in Melbourne on Monday 15th May 2017 at Readings in Hawthorn. It was attended by Wentworth family and friends, Jane Austen lovers and a descendant of her brother Charles.
Canberra Launch. Folly
Folly was launched in Canberra, the National Capital, at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, on Friday 12th May 2017. It was attended by Wentworth family members and Jane Austen lovers and aficionados, who had a range of questions.
Sydney Launch, Folly
On 7 April 2017, Folly is not always Folly was officially launched by Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir, the former Governor of New South Wales, at Parliament House in Sydney, the house D’Arcy built as part of the Rum Hospital, where he lived for some years. The launch was attended by over sixty of his descendants, and friends.
Link to the original article: The Guardian – 24 November 2016
An article in The Guardian on 24 November 2016 stated there was no evidence that Jane Austen ever visited Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire.
Wal Walker’s reply in The Guardian – 27 November 2016
In April 2017, Folly is not Always Folly, the first volume of Jane & D’Arcy, will be published in Sydney, with the second volume, Such Talent & Such Success, to follow later in the year.
Jane & D’Arcy is D’Arcy Wentworth’s family story, written by one of his descendants. Folly is not Always Folly recounts her meetings with William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam of Wentworth Woodhouse, and her visit there, the date and the occasion.
Jane & D’Arcy will offer a key to much of Jane Austen’s writing, and the powerful emotional songlines that thread across her writings, which even today remain largely unexplored.