Author Archives: Collins Hemingway

London Run Riot: The Overt Politics of Austen’s Gothic Romp

London Run Riot: The Overt Politics of Austen’s Gothic Romp

During Jane Austen’s life and beyond, England was beset with constant internal strife—labor protests, political riots, and military mutinies. These came as the result of falling wages–caused by increasing mill automation–high-priced food, and the harsh conditions and poor pay of military life. From the mid-1790s through the end of Austen’s life, a major insurrection would… more goodness …

Persuasion–and Anne Elliot!–Comes to Kansas City

Persuasion–and Anne Elliot!–Comes to Kansas City

The 2018 annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Kansas City focused on Persuasion, Jane Austen’s last and most poignant novel. The AGM featured numerous insights into both the book and issues related to it, including my own talk on the influence of Jane Austen’s naval brothers on the text.… more goodness …

Balancing Historical Figures and the Story

Balancing Historical Figures and the Story

Recent posts have been about the best way to use history in historical fiction. The goal is to use as much history as possible without burying the story in unnecessary details or derailing the story with unnecessary asides. You want to have history support your story. You don’t want the story to become just travelogue… more goodness …

Judy O’Grady and the Purchased Lady

Judy O’Grady and the Purchased Lady

While researching The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, my trilogy on the life of Jane Austen, I ran across a fascinating book called Judy O’Grady and the Colonel’s Lady: The Army Wife and Camp Follower Since 1660. The work is titled after a Kipling poem, in which he says the poor enlisted wife (“Judy”) and… more goodness …

Seeing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes

Seeing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes

Until this week, I had seen all of the major film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels—the theater releases, the BBC series, etc.—except one. I have now completed the sweep by finally watching Patricia Rozema’s 1999 version of Mansfield Park. I missed the movie when it came out. After reading a few reviews and coming across… more goodness …

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Combing the internet for information on the life and times of Jane Austen sometimes leads to links in which the English author is mentioned in passing or as part of a broader story. More times than not, these side trips become worthwhile journeys of their own. Today we look at some of these online detours… more goodness …

Foreign Invasion of Bath? Quelle Horreur!

Foreign Invasion of Bath? Quelle Horreur!

The lovely city of Bath, England, might be the most regular character in Jane Austen’s novels. Much romantic intrigue occurs there in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. A clergyman finds a wife there in Emma. The bad boys in the other three novels head in that direction—one known to have seduced a young woman there and… more goodness …

Retracing Themes in Austen’s Life and Works

Retracing Themes in Austen’s Life and Works

My blogs over the last two years have covered a wide expanse of territory: Jane Austen’s fiction; her speech patterns; her looks; her romantic life, both real and possible; the close biological relationships of people involved in courtships; the effect of the war on her life and that of her family; taxes; and even the… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Birthday, Season of Giving, and Chawton House Library

Jane Austen’s Birthday, Season of Giving, and Chawton House Library

  We’re coming to the end of the year commemorating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, but I prefer to celebrate the great author’s birth. While the month of July marked her death, the month of December (specifically the 16th) marks her 242nd birthday. This celebration falls in the middle of the Christmas season,… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Collins Hemingway’s “Austen Marriage” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Collins Hemingway’s “Austen Marriage” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winners of Collins Hemingway‘s “Austen Marriage” Giveaway. darcybennett and evamedmonds will each receive an eBook version of one of the three volumes of the Austen Marriage trilogy (winner’s choice) from Mr. Hemingway. Ladies, please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. In your response, please indicate… more goodness …