Category Archives: Jane Austen

Primogeniture and Inheritance and the Need for a Widow’s Pension in Jane Austen’s Novels

By Jane Austen’s time, primogeniture was no longer the law of the land, but it remained a strongly entrenched custom of inheritance proceedings. Breaking apart large landholdings were frowned upon. An impoverished aristocracy, whose wealth rested in the agricultural realm, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Charlotte, a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on 20 May 2021. Enjoy! I think Charlotte Lucas is underrated. Do you agree? Readers of Pride and Prejudice tend to overlook Charlotte as a minor character who serves little purpose but in … Continue reading

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The Genius of Jane Austen’s Dialogue, a Lovely Guest Post from Diana J Oaks

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on 31 May 2020. Enjoy! Let’s talk about talking. Not just any kind of talking but talking in Jane Austen’s novels to be precise. There are numerous ways authors use dialogue. … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Mrs. Long, a Textual Study – a Guest Post from Lelia Eye

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on 7 May 2021. Enjoy! I suppose this cannot be called a character study so much as a textual study. I’m here to assist in taking a look at the text … Continue reading

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What Exactly Did It Mean for A Clergyman to Have a “Living” Bestowed Upon Him During the Regency Period?

We often read in a Regency era book something to the effect of the master of the estate bestowing a “living” upon a clergyman. Exactly, what did that entail? Once the living was bestowed, could the owner of the estate … Continue reading

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Who Is Persuaded in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”

 Jane Austen writes plot-driven masterpieces, and all her God-given skills come together in Persuasion. In Persuasion we find a twist of pathos, not present in her other novels. We can view Austen’s growth as a writer. She provides her reader … Continue reading

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Dogs in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Eliza Shearer

The post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on 25 May 2021. Enjoy! Although (just like servants) they are often little remarked upon, dogs are everywhere in Jane Austen’s novels. In the Regency, dogs were an essential feature of countryside … Continue reading

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James and Henry Austen and “The Loiterer” ~ Literary Influences on Jane Austen

Many of those around her influenced Jane Austen, but Henry Austen’s and James Austen’s influences were profound. Most of Austen’s biographers believe that Henry was Austen’s favorite brother and James her least favorite. James Austen was the eldest of the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Brothers in Jane Austen’s Novels

In James Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women (1766), Fordyce says, “The world, I know not how, overlooks in our sex a thousand irregularities, which it never forgives in yours; so that the honour and peace of a family are, in … Continue reading

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Interview with Mirta Ines Trupp and News of the Release of “Celestial Persuasion”

Mirta Ines Trupp is a member of the Austen Authors group I admin, along with Sharon Lathan. Her Austen tales come from a totally different perspective from the majority of that group, for Ms. Trupp adds her Jewish roots to … Continue reading

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