Monthly Archives: December 2020

“First Footing” It Into the New Year

I come very proud Scots, and, in my family, New Year’s (or Hogmanay as it was once called) played a popular part of my childhood. Although I admit to overspending at Christmas, something psychological as being raised poor, I am … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “Fated Hearts, A Love After All Retelling of the Scottish Play” and the Gift of a Happily Ever After for Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

Fated Hearts, A Love After All Retelling of the Scottish Play Release Day: December 29, 2020 Thank you so much for having me as a guest today, Regina!  My contribution to the Tragic Characters in Classic Literature Series is a … Continue reading

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Tidbits Regarding Some of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

Below are some facts associated with Christmas, but are rarely mentioned in common conversation. Did you know… Sir Henry Cole was the first to send out a Christmas card. The year was 1843. Cole bemoaned the number of letters he … Continue reading

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December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent, Ending the Last War Between the United States and the UK

On December 24, 1814, British and American diplomates signed the Treaty of Ghent, bringing about an end to the War of 1812, the only war in which America and the United Kingdom took aim at each other. In the War of … Continue reading

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The Significance of Birth Order in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Eliza Shearer

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, “the seventh of eight children of a clergyman in a country village in Hampshire, England. Jane was very close to her older sister, Cassandra, who remained her faithful editor and critic throughout … Continue reading

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A “Christmas Eve” Tale from 1820

Today, I share with you a “Christmas Eve” piece from the Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. The piece comes to us from Washington Irving. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., commonly referred to as The Sketch Book, is a collection … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols Jane Austen Might Have Known, a Guest Post from Jann Rowland

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors in December 2016. I thought you might enjoy it, given the time of the year.  As anyone who knows me will attest, I love music, and I also love Christmas. But while do … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “The Colonel’s Spinster: A Tragic Characters in Classic Lit Series Novel” from Author, Audrey Harrison

Today, I welcome another of the authors involved in the Tragic Characters in Classic Lit Series. Where I took up the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham in I Shot the Sheriff and Lindsay Downs “transformed” Frankenstein in his The … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Christmas Traditions Playing Out in “Letters from Home” and “Lady Joy and the Earl”

Christmas traditions in Yorkshire date back to the time of the Roman invasion. For example, documentation shows that a celebration dedicated to Saturn, the god of harvest and agriculture, took place somewhere between December 17 and December 25 in York … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice and Nuance, a Guest Post from Leila Eye

Whenever you start to become a fan of something, that’s when you tend to pay attention to the nuances and all of the details involved. You start placing more importance on what makes something different rather than just what you … Continue reading

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