Collins Hemingway

Collins Hemingway … is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in English literature and a minor in science. He has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Oregon, with concentrations in Eighteenth Century literature, Renaissance literature, and modern literature. While his high-tech career gave him a practical understanding of science and business, Hemingway also carried on his passion for the art of storytelling, for the rich history of Georgian-Regency England and the Napoleonic wars, and for Jane Austen’s literature. His own fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel by a Gentleman Volume I



Marriage JA -HemingwayEveryone 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

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel by a Gentleman Volume II



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Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life—Or Did She?


Tradition holds that Jane Austen lived a contemplative unmarried life. But what if she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she—and the marriage remained secret for 200 years? The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen resolves the biggest mystery of Austen’s life—the “lost years” of her twenties—of which historians know virtually nothing.


Why the enduring rumors of a lost love or tragic affair? Why, afterward, did the vivacious Austen prematurely put on “the cap of middle age” and close off any thoughts of finding love? Why, after her death, did her beloved sister destroy her letters and journals?


“A skillful portrayal of an early nineteenth-century literary icon takes this historical romance on an imaginative journey of the soul." —Foreword CLARION Reviews, 4 stars

"An enjoyable first novel in an imaginative, well-researched series." —Kirkus Reviews

"Hemingway, with the lightest touch, builds up a thoroughly convincing alternative history." —Jane Austen’s Regency World

"Hemingway captures the energy of the times, while also writing with the irony and sly humor of Austen herself."
—Blueink Starred Review

Non-fiction books by Collins Hemingway