Great Scott: the difficulties of reading one of Austen’s favorite authors

Great Scott: the difficulties of reading one of Austen’s favorite authors

I recently started reading Waverley, Sir Walter Scott’s novel that many consider the first historical novel. I am sad to say that it’s a difficult read, despite Jane Austen’s admiration of Scott. Jane wrote: Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has fame and profit enough… more goodness …

“One Minute Past Christmas,” a Holiday Novella + an Excerpt + a Giveaway

In 2012, my gentleman friend released a Christmas-based eBook short story, which his friends and some former students promptly read, but few others. Truthfully, the story had a great premise, but Dr. Arnold is not a storyteller. In fact, he’s a journalism professor (my journalism professor some 45 years prior, and if you have seen… more goodness …

The Indubitable Miss Bingley

The Indubitable Miss Bingley

I have often wondered if in another situation Caroline and Elizabeth would have been friends, or if their different views of the world would make that impossible regardless of the circumstances. Caroline has a thing for Darcy, but I don’t really think she cares about him. I don’t think she cares about anyone, really. I… more goodness …

 The Gentleman’s Clubs

 The Gentleman’s Clubs

Mention White’s, Boodle’s or Brooks’s in a story and my ears perk up. At once I picture staid facades hiding smoke-filled rooms and intrigue amid expensive carpets, wallpapers, and leather and mahogany furniture. When I read of Mr. Darcy being offered a cigar or glass of brandy, or having supper whilst talking business with his… more goodness …