Category Archives: Jane Austen

Jolly Old St. Swithin Up on the Rooftop

Jolly Old St. Swithin Up on the Rooftop

Years ago, while studying Jane Austen’s Christmas celebrations, I read that Jane had written a poem that was something like the famous “Night Before Christmas.” Since then, I have wondered about this poem and occasionally searched for it. Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if I could blog about this poem at Christmastime? Well, I finally found… more goodness …

In His Kiss

In His Kiss

  The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression… more goodness …

The Poetic Writing of Jane Austen

The Poetic Writing of Jane Austen

A few months ago, I attended a seminar at Drew University in Madison, Jersey: Austen and Byron: Together Again. While the lecture was interesting and resulting in my immediate purchasing of several Byron books (of which I have only glanced through since then…such is the life of a book-a-holic), the most fascinating aspect of the… more goodness …

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters V & VI

Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters V & VI

Welcome back to Read Along Wednesday! Come have your share of the conversation at The Writer’s Block. In chapters five and six we get to know some of the principal characters a bit better. In particular, Mr. Knightley and Mrs. Weston’s prolonged conversation about Emma in chapter five gives us a much better concept of… more goodness …

Finding JAFF Inspiration in Unlikely Places

Finding JAFF Inspiration in Unlikely Places

For me one of the best parts of writing JAFF has been encountering a community of writers and readers who are equally interested in and passionate about Jane Austen’s works.  Who else will debate whether Bingley deserves Jane’s love or if Fanny Price is a sufficiently active heroine?  If I tried to initiate such a… more goodness …