Category Archives: Literary References

The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

The Significance of Books and Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels By Lauren Gilbert Jane Austen was a reader.  She read widely.  We know she enjoyed novels; she was a subscriber to Fanny Burney’s third novel, Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress. She also enjoyed Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Anne Radcliffe and Maria Edgeworth, among others.… more goodness …

War Widows In Austen World

War Widows In Austen World

Jane Austen closes the last chapter of Persuasion on a dark note with lines reminding her readers of the possibilities that were the daily reality of a martial wife. “Anne was Tenderness itself;—and she had the full worth of Capt. Wentworth’s affection. His Profession was all that could make her friends wish that tenderness less; the… more goodness …

Love Those Muscles!

Love Those Muscles!

I’ve just been reading over Diana J. Oaks excellent post from January of this year on exercise in the Regency world. How Austen’s characters get exercise is very-well documented by her through many quotes from some of the books. In my upcoming release, Darcy’s Awakening, I find also myself concerned with how the gentlemen of… more goodness …

Playing at Puns with Jane Austen

Playing at Puns with Jane Austen

Just as some children sing or create art at a young age, I cannot remember a time when I did not love words. This grew naturally into a love of reading, which, led me to discover the delights of a good pun. I was around the age of seven, I believe, when my oldest brother–who… more goodness …

Jane Austen and Dogs

Jane Austen and Dogs

Normally, it’s not terribly difficult for me to come up with a good blog post. This month was different. I have had so many things on my mind lately, about writing and reviews and author notes and Elizabeth Bennet’s character and the differences between JAFF and regular Regency romances and on and on…that it was… more goodness …

Six Best Austen Quotes

Six Best Austen Quotes

My laptop is on the verge of death and unbearable to use, and I am praying for the new one’s daily arrival. Coping with a distorted screen and often unresponsive keyboard, I attempted to write about the politics behind the empire waisted gown, but the subject proved too complex to pursue amidst the technical complications,… more goodness …

Poetry in the Age of Romance

Poetry in the Age of Romance

The romantic poetry of a besotted lover is, in my opinion, one of the most delightful treasures of the human experience. What woman who has received a love poem composed by her sweetheart can deny the power of those words? Words that expose his vulnerability to her charms. Words that set aside flaws and cite… more goodness …

A Visit to Lyme Regis

A Visit to Lyme Regis

It’s been about thirteen years since I visited England, though I may have reason to go again soon since both my brother and my niece are engaged to Brits. (I’m hoping for something straight out of Four Weddings and a Funeral without the funeral part.) My purpose in going those several years ago, my husband and twelve-year-old… more goodness …

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

The Utmost Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

No, you haven’t stumbled across a health website, but it is January, just beyond the two-week mark of when a large percentage of the population has renewed their vow to take better care of themselves, so it seemed appropriate. Particularly for one such as I, whose pursuit of health has proven frustrating and elusive, particularly… more goodness …