Category Archives: Jane Austen

Regency Era Con Man, Gregor McGregor and the Release of “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain” + a Giveaway

 In writing my latest Austen-inspired vagary, Mr. Darcy’s Bargain, I researched LOTS of scams of the Regency era. One of the most prolific of those who practiced a scheme to defraud others was a Scot named Gregor McGregor. Gregor McGregor … Continue reading

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Happy December Birthday to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

We wish to say a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to these actors who brought some of our favorite Austen characters to life.            December 1 – Jeremy Northam, who portrayed Mr. Knightley in the 1996 film version … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Publishing Options, or Being a Female Writer in the Regency Era

Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime I thought it time to revisit this post for several people of late have asked me of Austen and self-publishing. Novels during the early Regency were geared toward the female reader; therefore, … Continue reading

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The Franklin Syndicate, a Scam That Serves as the Basis of “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

When I came upon the idea of a “bargain” between Darcy and Elizabeth, I required an impetus to bring them together in my latest vagary, Mr. Darcy’s Bargain. That impetus was a scam perpetrated on the citizens of Meryton by … Continue reading

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A Play from Emma Wood: “Mr Bennet’s Bride,” a Pride and Prejudice Prequel

First, before we begin, I should say that Emma is literally on the other side of the world. Where she lives it is already Thursday, November 10, so if she does not respond too quickly to comments below, it is … Continue reading

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“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” – The Employment of Filmic Devices to Tell a Story in Austen Adaptations

 Often in the visual representations of Jane Austen’s works, the media employs props or artifacts as visual cues to Austen’s themes of flawed impressions, misconceptions, and false interpretations. For example, in Austen’s Emma, Harriet’s sketch serves as a means to … Continue reading

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What Could Be in a 19th Century Vampire-Slaying Kit?

‘Vampire-slaying kit’ bought by Royal Armouries museum The box contains a prayer book and “vampire-slaying equipment” Related Stories Vampire-slaying kit sells for £7k Vampire-slaying kit up for sale In 2012, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds sold a “vampire-slaying kit.” The … Continue reading

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