Category Archives: Literary References

Solace in Austen

Solace in Austen

Did you know that during World War I, Jane Austen’s novels were recommended as an antidote for soldiers coping with shell-shock? And during the Second World War, sales of her works in England tripled? If you are unfamiliar with it, I highly recommended reading Rudyard Kipling’s short story The Janeites, which provides insight into the… more goodness …

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

I find myself often turning to books, when Elizabeth and Darcy are required to converse on something. With such references to books and reading as are already in Pride and Prejudice, I like it as a topic for conversation, and truly, there aren’t that many topics for conversation, when you compare their world to today’s… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1995)

The dictionary definition of “goof” includes multiple meanings, so I’ll start by clarifying that today’s list is not a compilation of “foolish or stupid persons” although that would be a ridiculously fun post to compose with such fodder as Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet, and Lydia to claim the top 3 spots. Ah, but I digress.… more goodness …

What Would Mary Bennet Do? a Guest Post from Nancy Lawrence

What Would Mary Bennet Do? a Guest Post from Nancy Lawrence

What would Mary Bennet do? From the title of this post, you may be able to guess the identity of one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice. Mary Bennet may not get as much page-time as her sisters, and she doesn’t make any great contribution to the novel’s plot, but I like her.… more goodness …

Jane Meets Will

Jane Meets Will

I consider myself somewhat of a Shakespeare buff – not an expert, per se, not a scholar, in a formal sense, but an enthusiast never-the-less. I used to be an actor, and have performed many of Shakespeare’s well-loved works. I  have also studied his plays, both formally and informally to a large extent, and have… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Barbara Silkstone’s “Darcy, Lizzy, and Lady Susan” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Barbara Silkstone’s “Darcy, Lizzy, and Lady Susan” Giveaway

                    Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Barbara Silkstone‘s “Darcy, Lizzy, and Lady Susan” Giveaway. Three lucky winners were chosen to receive eBook copies of Ms. Silkstone‘s first mashup: Darcy, Lizzy, and Emma. Those winners are MsChris1611, Erika Messer, and pemberlypebbles. If your name… more goodness …

What’s in a Name when the Name is Austen?

What’s in a Name when the Name is Austen?

There is a writer’s meme that turns up frequently in social media. Numerous variations of this exist, but they all boil down essentially to this: “Be careful, or I’ll put you in my novel.” It’s an amusing threat; harmless, but well within the power of an author. I was reading through a biography of Jane Austen… more goodness …

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

St Agnes Eve plays a pivotal turning point in my latest Austen-inspired release. A Dance with Mr. Darcy. But who was St. Agnes and why is she celebrated? On St Agnes Eve, traditionally girls and unmarried women wishing to know more of their future husbands perform a variety of sometimes “bizarre” acts to see who… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winner of Don Jacobson‘s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway. Random.org has selected Regina Silvia to receive an eBook copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Keeper: The Extraordinary Journey of Mary Bennet. Regina, please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. Congratulations!    more goodness …