Author Archives: Eliza Shearer

Sickness and Ill-health in Jane Austen’s Novels (Part II)

Last month we discussed how Jane Austen used ill-health as a plot device in Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Let’s look at how our favourite author uses sickness and concussions in pivotal moments in Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Persuasion. A violent cold in Pride and Prejudice Good old Mrs Bennet! Herself… more goodness …

Sickness and Ill-health in Jane Austen’s Novels (I)

Sickness and Ill-health in Jane Austen’s Novels (I)

Regency society was obsessed with infirmity. Letters from the period are peppered with references to health or the lack thereof, a worry shared by much of the population. In a world with no antibiotics and no real notion of sterilisation or basic hygiene, the most minor concussions, cuts and colds had the potential to take… more goodness …

Families Large and Small in Jane Austen’s Novels

Families Large and Small in Jane Austen’s Novels

In most of Jane Austen’s works, at one point or another, we are treated to family tableaux featuring children running about, teens minding their businesses and adults trying to hold a conversation amongst the chaos of it all. Take this scene in Persuasion, depicting the Christmas celebrations at Uppercross: “On one side was a table occupied… more goodness …

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many Janeites are drawn to Austen’s novels after watching the film or TV adaptations. Of these, there have been many, but the ones that most readers will remember were filmed since the mid-1990s. Today, however, I will not go over the merits of the talented Mr Firth and… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Eliza Shearer’s “The Making of a Janeite” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Eliza Shearer’s “The Making of a Janeite” Giveaway

  Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Eliza Shearer‘s “The Making of a Janeite” Giveaway. Sadie Bernal, Mary Campbell, and virginiakohl will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Shearer‘s Miss Darcy’s Beaux. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules… more goodness …