The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel by a Gentleman Volume I
Everyone Should Marry Once for Love—Even Jane Austen
Jane Austen, single and seemingly comfortable in the role of clergyman’s daughter and aspiring writer in the early 1800s, tells friends and family to hold out for true affection in any prospective relationship. Everybody, she says, has a right to marry once in their lives for love.
But when, after a series of disappointing relationships, the prospect of true love arrives for her, will she have the courage to act? Can she set aside her quietude and escape confining social conventions to find a true and equal partnership? The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen reimagines the life of England’s archetypal female by exploring what might have happened if she ever married—when life gives her the opportunity for meaningful love with a man who inspires her and understands her independent spirit.
This love story also takes the heroine out of her safe country villages and plunges her into what the Regency era was really about: great explorations and scientific advances, political foment, and devastating war.
In such times, can love—can marriage—triumph?
“All readers of Jane Austen wonder what Jane’s life might have been like had she married, or had money. The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen explores these intriguing possibilities. It also depicts Austen in a rapidly changing world, connecting her to important aspects of the era—war, slavery, industrialization, and new modes of travel. Hemingway’s book raises many ‘what ifs’ in his thoughtful and thought-provoking portrayal of Jane Austen falling in love.”
—Susannah Fullerton, President, Jane Austen Society of Australia, author of Jane Austen and Crime, A Dance with Jane Austen and Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice