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Happy March Birthdays to Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors

This month brings up a variety of Austen-inspired thespians celebrating birthdays.    March 3 – Daphne Slater, who portrayed Elizabeth Bennet in 1952’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as Anne Elliot in 1960’s  (3 March 1928 – 4 October 2012)    March … Continue reading

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I. W. Harper Bourbon Comes Home

I. W. Harper History website tells us that Isaac Wolfe Bernheim was born in Germany in 1848, and by 1867 had arrived in New York at the age of 19 and with only 4 American dollars in his pocket . … Continue reading

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Pounds, Shillings, Pence, and Guineas: Understanding British Currency Used in the 19th Century

Okay, I admit it. When it comes to understanding the British system of currency in the books I read, even I am sometimes confused. So, I set out to learn more of the currency.  The common currency was created in … Continue reading

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The Places We Visit in Jane Austen’s Novels

Oh, the Places We Will Go…in Austen Novels Through Jane Austen’s novels, I was first introduced, at the age of 12, to beautiful English estates and a land beyond my imagination. I fell in love with the time, the homes, … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of the Greyhound Bus Company

In 1914, a young Swedish minor named Car Eric Wickman left his job as a diamond drill operator in the rugged Mesabi Iron Ore Range in Hibbing, Minnesota, to open a Hupmobile (Goodyear Tire) franchise. The venture cost him $3000. … Continue reading

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Happy Book Birthday to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”

  Today marks the 204th Anniversary of the release of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and in my humble opinion, the world is a better place for having read Austen’s most popular work.  Publisher T. Egerton, Whitehall Publication date 28 January 1813 … Continue reading

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Pre-Elizabethan Drama: The Interlude

 Pre-Elizabethan drama moved from miracle plays to morality plays to folk plays to interludes. Interludes were the last to develop. Initially, “interludes” were closed identified with morality plays, especially in subject matter.  Precursors to Elizabethan Drama summarizes the development from … Continue reading

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