Category Archives: Guest Author

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

The Value of Prejudice, a Guest Post from Wendy Jones

Prejudice is generally viewed today as a negative trait Through its association with racism, it has acquired a particularly evil resonance in the U. S.; it’s hard to see anything redeeming here. But it wasn’t that simple in Jane Austen’s time. The key words in her most famous book were morally ambidextrous. Pride could mean… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 Syllables!), a guest post from James Gaynor

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 Syllables!), a guest post from James Gaynor

Emily Dickinson once famously remarked that if she felt as though the top of her head were taken off, she knew she was reading poetry. And who hasn’t read “It is a truth universally acknowledged, …” and felt our heads explode? In my work as a poet, I’ve long been fascinated by memorable opening and… more goodness …

Sweetheart’s Day, a Guest Post from Virginia Kohl

Sweetheart’s Day, a Guest Post from Virginia Kohl

I fell in love with the Regency era as a young girl. In addition to Jane Austen’s beloved novels, I was introduced to the period by a collection of Valentine’s Day themed stories. This book still has a special place on my bookshelf to be re-read during the month that celebrates true love.    Valentine’s… more goodness …

Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post from Gabrielle Mullarkey

Between the Lines: Sisterhood and Serendipitous Elusiveness, a Guest Post from Gabrielle Mullarkey

BETWEEN THE LINES Sisterhood and serendipitous elusiveness Jane Austen, like many great artists, reaches out to us across time as both a living presence glimpsed between the lines of her own words and as an image orchestrated and reconstructed endlessly by others – including the woman regarded traditionally as iconographer-in-chief, her elder sister, Cassandra. Conspiracy… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

Jane Austen’s Problematic Health, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

Predicting the due date of a pregnancy is a matter of guesswork, even in these modern times. Babies are notorious for following their own schedule rather than the convenience of their mother, midwife, or obstetrician. Nevertheless, it is rare for a pregnancy to extend much beyond 40 weeks, and it is almost as dangerous for… more goodness …

Austen Fandom vs. Austen Academics, a Guest Post from Melanie Rachel

Austen Fandom vs. Austen Academics, a Guest Post from Melanie Rachel

At the JASNA annual conference last October, I was fortunate enough to meet with a number of JAFF writers and editors. Did I participate in a little fangirling? Well, yes.  During the course of our various discussions, the topic of the divide between the Jane Austen fandom and Jane Austen academics arose, and I’ve been… more goodness …

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen, a Guest Post from Laurie Benson

A Writing Table Fit for Jane Austen First, thank you for having me on Austen Authors. Since I collect antiques, I thought I’d share one with your readers that might have appealed to Jane Austen. It’s my Georgian era writing desk. I confess, while it’s in my home and I adore it, the Georgian writing table… more goodness …

Conjugal Beneath the Fraternal: Jane Austen Understanding of Love, a Guest Post from Kyra C. Kramer

Conjugal Beneath the Fraternal: Jane Austen Understanding of Love, a Guest Post from Kyra C. Kramer

Conjugal Beneath the Fraternal: Jane Austen’s Understanding of Love In her third novel, Mansfield Park, Jane Austen explains that the relationship between siblings is potentially the deepest, strongest love possible, and that: “even the conjugal tie is beneath the fraternal. Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits,… more goodness …

The Real Georgiana Darcy, a Guest Post from Eliza Shearer

The Real Georgiana Darcy, a Guest Post from Eliza Shearer

Today, we welcome the fabulous Eliza Shearer to the Austen Authors’ blog with a piece on one of our favorite characters, but one Miss Austen did not flush out when she wrote Pride and Prejudice: Georgiana Darcy.  The Real Georgiana Darcy By Eliza Shearer The Janeite community was recently torn with the news that a… more goodness …

The Death of a Great Author, and a Greater Woman, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

The Death of a Great Author, and a Greater Woman, a Guest Post from Kyra Kramer

The Death of a Great Author, and Greater Woman Jane Austen passed away on 18 July 1817, at the age of only 41. She didn’t just deprive the future of English literature by her death; she left behind a devastated and grieving family. Her mother, and her seven beloved siblings, all survived her. Moreover, her… more goodness …