Monthly Archives: August 2018

Letters from Jane, a Guest Post from Georgina Young-Ellis

Do you remember when we used to send and receive letters? Actual, physical letters? Were you a person like me who used to sit down with a feeling of relish at the blank paper in front of you, in anticipation … Continue reading

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“King v. Curll,” Prosecuting an Infamous Publisher

As a former journalism teacher, I was familiar with the term “curlicisms,” but until I was working on a piece on criminal conversation last week, I had forgotten the source of the word was one Edmund [sometimes called “Edward”] Curll.  … Continue reading

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Viewing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes, a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on 14 June 2018. Enjoy.  Until this week, I had seen all of the major film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels—the theater releases, the BBC series, etc.—except one. I have now completed the … Continue reading

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English Drama and the Origins of Censorship

Of late, on social media we have been bombarded with what is termed “obscenities.” We writers are often accused by “reviewers” of writing obscenities or sexually explicit scenes when in our estimations, we are writing PG scenes. The problem is … Continue reading

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A Young Man of Good Fortune, Mr. Charles Bingley ~ Guest Post by Nancy Lawrence

Nancy Lawrence is one of our newest members of Austen Authors, and I so glad she decided to bring her knowledge to our group site. Have a look at a “model tale” for Jane Austen’s “Mr. Bingley.” I am certain … Continue reading

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The Early Origins of the Novel

In the mid to late 1700s, the novel, as a means of literary expression developed to an art form. In many of the Regency-based romances that I read, it speaks of the “novel” being something females might read, rather than … Continue reading

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A Marriage of Convenience as a Plot Point in Jane Austen’s Novels

What hope was there for the dowerless daughters of the middle class during Jane Austen’s lifetime? Such is a topic Austen explored repeatedly in her novels. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet sought men of a like mind. The Dashwood sisters found … Continue reading

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Ireland and the Irish in Jane Austen Novels, a Guest Post from Eliza Shearer

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on 16 June 2018. Enjoy! A couple of weekends ago I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in Dublin. I had visited the capital of Ireland on several occasions, but for … Continue reading

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Wilkin & Sons, Jam Making Extraordinaire

Arthur Charles Wilkin took over his family farm, located in Tiptree, Essex, England,  in his late 20s. The family had owned the farm since the early 1700s. Arthur had a vision for the farm, which was not producing as well … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary

In my book, MR. DARCY’s BRIDEs, by mistake Elizabeth disrupts Mr. Darcy’s marriage to his cousin, Anne De Bourgh. Our daring heroine is in disguise (NOTE: I drape her with a heavy veil attached to her bonnet, which would not … Continue reading

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