Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 27, 2012 BAFTA Nominees and Winners

For the complete list of nominees and winners, as well as the winners’ acceptance speeches, please visit,3256,BA.html Leading Actor Dominic West – Appropriate Adult (ITV) Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock (BBC One) John Simm – Exile (BBC One) Joseph Gilgun – This is England ’88 … Continue reading

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Daily Life in Jane Austen’s Time: Political Intrigue

Austen’s lifetime knew political intrigue that came to light with the splintering of the Whig party and the formation of a Conservative element. From 1788 to 1812, England experienced war after war, King George III’s madness, and the decadent lifestyle … Continue reading

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Everyday Life in Jane Austen’s Time: Meals

Breakfast In Jane Austen’s time, breakfast arrived late in the typical country household, usually between nine and ten of the clock. The household would have completed several tasks prior to sitting down to a simple meal. Using fine china, the … Continue reading

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Women’s Rights During Jane Austen’s Time

  Feminism made a long overdue showing in the 18th Century. Society, as a whole debated important issues, and, naturally, well-informed women began to question their place in the whole structure. These women were not called “feminists,” but rather “female philosophers.” They … Continue reading

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“Even You Can Write Comedy,” he said.

A friend of mine recently told me that I should consider writing comedy. I laughed, naturally, because I assumed he meant it as a joke. I am known for those kind of lines, which can strip someone of his dignity, … Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice??? Have You Lied about Reading It???

Pride & Prejudice Is Top Book Brits Lie About Reading This article was originally published on Female First: Celebrity Gossip & Lifestyle Magazine. When it comes to literary classics, Brits are a nation of book bluffers according to the latest … Continue reading

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Authors Pressed to Produce More Than One Novel Per Year

This article was originally posted on the NY   Writer’s Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and … Continue reading

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What Is the True Cost of an eBook?

This article comes from CNET News. Here’s something that tends to get lost in the debate over e-book prices: Paper doesn’t cost very much. There’s a perception among consumers that an e-book should cost very little or next to nothing because there … Continue reading

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The Northanger Horrid Novels – Were They Real?

With this post, I wanted to introduce my visitors to what are known as the Northanger Horrid Novels, seven early Gothic examples of fiction mentioned in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. These books were among the many published by Minerva Press … Continue reading

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Northanger Abbey 1987 – Movie Discussion

When we read our favorite novels, we bring our own imagination to the experience. Film adaptations, however, leave less room for interpretation. We have all, at one time or another, been disappointed in the casting, not inherently evident to us … Continue reading

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