Northanger Abby

Northanger Abby

When you think of Jane Austen, usually the first book to come to mind is Pride and Prejudice followed by (in no particular order) Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. For some odd reason, Northanger Abby—the first written, the last published—is often overlooked. As I’m wrapping up my adaptation of this clever novel,… more goodness …

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan

We’re almost to the end of Lady Susan, and I’m dying to find out what happens. (I’m probably one of the few who has never read it and still hasn’t seen the movie.) Last week, we learned that Lady Susan planned to punish Frederica, Reginald, and Mrs. Vernon for foiling her plans. At the same… more goodness …

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a two day workshop with romance author Eloisa James.  She was talking about female novelists a little after Jane Austen’s time (and often inspired by Austen) who wrote “silver fork” novels and supported themselves by writing.  We tend to think of Austen as being unique and alone, but it’s empowering to… more goodness …

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Elizabeth Ann West here: I met Gianna Thomas online and find it so neat that she writes JAFF and Regency fiction for readers! She is here today to look very closely at the nature of Jane Austen’s relationship with Thomas Lefroy. We all know movie adaptations of historical figure lives take great liberties with the… more goodness …

On the Character of Clergymen

On the Character of Clergymen

“My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding, but permit me to say that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for give me… more goodness …

Enjoying Austen

Enjoying Austen

I’m gathering ideas for a novel. And while that is a daunting moment, it’s also tremendous fun. The blank screen holds endless potential. Here are a few books I’m digging into presently for research. I’ve spent the last week re-reading Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey – and watching the latest round of BBC movies. It’s… more goodness …

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan Letters 25-29

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan Letters 25-29

Welcome back to Read Along Wednesday! We are getting closer to the end of Lady Susan’s schemes and machinations, and in Letter 25 you’ll see her inordinately pleased with herself. She had succeeded to hoodwink Mr de Courcy AGAIN! There he was incensed about Lady Susan’s treatment of Frederica and eager to intercede on her… more goodness …

Anxiety Treatment, or What Would Mrs. Bennet Take for Her Nerves?

Anxiety Treatment, or What Would Mrs. Bennet Take for Her Nerves?

Ever wonder what was available for Jane Austen’s character Mrs. Bennet as treatment for the lady’s “nerves”? According to Culpepper’s Complete Herbal: Consisting of a Comprehensive Description of Nearly All Herbs with Their Medicinal Properties and Directions for Compounding the Medicines Extracted from Them, comfrey, ivy-tree, and wild valerian are recommended for nervous conditions. Comfrey… more goodness …