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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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Setting and Social Status in Austen’s Novels

I am currently writing a JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) Pride and Prejudice vagary novel that includes LOTS of references to Shakespeare, for in it, Mr. Bennet is a renown Shakespeare scholar. The relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth in this … Continue reading

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The Strict Social Structure of Jane Austen’s Novels

Overall, the early 19th Century novels were those that expressed society in realistic terms. Austen’s novels, as well as others of her time, immerse the reader in the various levels of society, the social strata, so to speak. Austen does … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s “Naughty” Lady Susan

 After Austen’s death, several unpublished works remained. One of those was “Susan,” a short novel that made fun of the convention of Gothic fiction. Originally, it had been sold to Benjamin Crosby & Co. in 1803. Shortly before Jane’s passing, her … Continue reading

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Did Anne Elliot Perform Admirably or Was She Too Easily Persuaded?

This is a guest post from my fellow Austen Author, Anna Elliott, regarding her love of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Although I (of course) love all Jane Austen’s novels, I must say that Persuasion is my favorite.  Much as I appreciate … Continue reading

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Exogamous and Endogamous Marriages in Austen’s Works

Brittanica.com defines an “endogamous marriage” as the custom enjoining one to marry within one’s own group, while Wikipedia says “endogamy” is the practice of marrying within a specific ethnic group, class, or social group, rejecting others on such a basis … Continue reading

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The Cancelled Chapters of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” a Guest Post from Alexa Adams

The Cancelled Chapters of Persuasion This piece originally appeared on Austen Authors in March 2015. I thought others might find it informative.   I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within … Continue reading

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