Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Writing Desk Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen This post originally appeared on Austen Authors, but I wished to share it with you. Laurie Benson shows us how cramped was the desk upon which Jane Austen created some of the world’s … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

Mr. Darcy’s Bargain: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary came to life from a bit of research I was doing at the time for another book. I came across an interesting character that I thought would make the “perfect Wickham” in a … Continue reading

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Words that “Snarl” and Words that “Purr”

My undergraduate degree was a comprehensive major (no minor) that covered English, speech, journalism, and theatre. As such, many years ago, I came across these terms: snarl-words and purr-words in a book on rhetoric that was one of my textbooks. … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

From my house to yours, I wish you a safe and restful Thanksgiving. I am spending the day with my favorite munchkins and their parents. 

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Tory Daughters: Jane Austen and the Brontës (an Overview)

Recently, I was asked by a local teacher to speak to her English class after the students had read Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. Below, you will find my notes for a comparison/contrast between the Brontës and Austen. As … Continue reading

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The 1832 Cholera Outbreak in England

Lieutenant-General Lord William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, known as Lord William Bentinck, was a British soldier and statesman. He served as Governor-General of India from 1828 to 1835. In 1831, he wrote a letter to his brother, the Duke of Portland, in … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Connections to the Stoneleigh Barony

For a chapter I did for a recent release, I explored questions of inheritance and the custom of primogeniture. Naturally, I could not do so without looking at Jane Austen’s family.   It is said Austen’s family knew something of questions of … Continue reading

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When Is a “Baron” Not a Baron?

 A “baron” is defined as the lowest rank of nobility in the British peerage system. It is a title of honor and customarily a hereditary one. That being said, the sticking point of this post is the fact the term … Continue reading

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The Theatre-Loving Fore-Runners of Shakespeare ~ Part I

 With the rediscovery of the works of Seneca, Plautus, and Terence, the renaissance of 16th Century England began. First edited in 1308 by an Nicholas Treveth, the tragedian Seneca remained unnoticed for some time by those in England, for Treveth … Continue reading

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Austen and Autism, a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors in June 2016 as Elaine Owen’s first post with our group. I thought it worthy to share it here.  These days it seems like you hear about autism everywhere, and that includes in … Continue reading

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