Author Archives: Collins Hemingway

Marrying a Cousin

Marrying a Cousin

There’s a whole lot of marrying going on in Jane Austen’s novels. Among the major characters of her six major novels, at least nineteen couples tie the knot. One wedding was so singular that it could have been halted in certain quarters, then and now. The marriage in Mansfield Park between Fanny Price and Edmund… more goodness …

Miss Austen–No Politician, She

Miss Austen–No Politician, She

In this, the 200th anniversary year of Jane Austen’s death, we learn that white supremacists are co-opting the English author in support of a racial dictatorship, shocked opponents are claiming that true readers are “rational, compassionate, liberal-minded people,” and conservatives are chiding Janeites for assuming that great literature can be written only by great liberals.… more goodness …

Rules of the Road for the Regency Language

Rules of the Road for the Regency Language

Summer Hanford recently blogged on Austen Authors about language, particularly for writers working in the Regency period. I was traveling and unable to jump into the discussion, but her comments set me to reflect about my approach—which I had considered for quite a while as I began my historical fiction based on Jane Austen’s life.… more goodness …

Do Austen’s Novels Reveal Her Views on Slavery?

Do Austen’s Novels Reveal Her Views on Slavery?

My last blog explored the effort in England to abolish the slave trade—the buying and selling of human flesh—which was accomplished in 1807—as well as the effort to eliminate slavery itself throughout all British possessions, which was not accomplished until 1840. Slave owners were helped through their “difficult” six-year period of adjustment, 1834-1840, with payments… more goodness …

Fight Against Slavery Carried On Beyond Austen’s Life

Fight Against Slavery Carried On Beyond Austen’s Life

Slavery was one of the most contentious issues of Jane Austen’s time. Some scholars claim that she ignored the issue or even accepted the legitimacy of the practice. Others claim that Mansfield Park serves as an anti-slavery tract. For certain, Austen would have tackled the complex issue in a complex way. The fight to abolish… more goodness …

Slow Love for Darcy, or Slow Awakening?

Slow Love for Darcy, or Slow Awakening?

John Tierney, a regular commentator on psychological issues for the New York Times, wrote an article discussing the concept of “mate value,” which confirms a long-held notion that people tend to marry others like themselves in terms of looks, wealth, and education. He holds out hope for mismatched couples, however, through a process called “slow love.”… more goodness …

In Bath, Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits – A Special Report by Collins Hemingway

In Bath, Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits – A Special Report by Collins Hemingway

Being in Bath for the annual Jane Austen Festival was a special treat, and things were so busy that the first time I’ve had to write is two days later, in another Austen haunt about 90 miles east of Bath–Hampshire. Even these thoughts are quickly put together. No coherent theme has emerged! The Jane Austen Festival runs… more goodness …