Category Archives: Literary References

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We are Speaking of Music! “What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is.” “We are speaking of music, Madam,” said he, when no longer able to avoid a reply. “Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Writing Desk

Jane Austen’s Writing Desk

I thought for a long time about what I should say in this month’s post.  After a few hours of race-watching (it was a postponed race, so I was watching on Monday instead of Sunday) and bouncing several ideas around in my mind, I decided to go with something writing-related. Suddenly, I thought about our… more goodness …

Freud and Writing Austenesque Fiction

Freud and Writing Austenesque Fiction

Consider any of the Canonical books. Miss Austen does not always offer much data about the social environment present in the Regency. She rarely addresses the great questions of the day: with the exception of offering evidence that Tom Bertram’s time in the West Indies left him scarred and damaged. (I have always chosen to… more goodness …

The Rame Peninsula, One of the Settings for “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way” + Giveaway

The Rame Peninsula, One of the Settings for “Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way” + Giveaway

In writing Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way, I wanted the Bennet ladies to end up in an area more remote than Hertfordshire after the death of Mr. Bennet—to be out of their element. I wanted them not to be close to either Bingley or Darcy—to be in a place where they would… more goodness …

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

  It’s a fraught subject, I know. I can’t believe I’m even bringing up as it might be as divisive as politics these days… I’m kidding — Nothing is as contentious as books vs. movies. 😉 But it’s relevant to me right now, as I’m straddling between the two. Presently I’m beginning a deep dive… more goodness …

Georgiana Darcy’s Near Miss

Georgiana Darcy’s Near Miss

One of the most significant events in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one which happens before the story starts, and one of which we only hear about after the fact: the aborted elopement of Georgiana Darcy with George Wickham. I would assert that this episode is the single largest factor in helping Elizabeth overcome… more goodness …

Jane Austen and American Indians

Jane Austen and American Indians

For this month’s post, I chose a difficult topic. There wasn’t much information to be found, so what I have done is to share what I have discovered and then compare what was going on in Jane Austen’s world with what was happening here. I hope you enjoy it! ~~~***~~~ Two weekends ago, on August… 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 …

From Persian Poetry to Pride and Prejudice

From Persian Poetry to Pride and Prejudice

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to Regina and Sharon for allowing me to join the AuAu family. Being a great admirer of Jane Austen’s novels, and having enjoyed reading the beautiful works of many of the AuAu members, it is most gratifying to be so warmly welcomed by them. As this is my… more goodness …

My Introduction to Historical Romance and JAFF – and TWO exciting announcements!

My Introduction to Historical Romance and JAFF – and TWO exciting announcements!

I first fell in love with historical romance not through Jane Austen (that came after watching the wonderful 1995 BBC adaptation) but by smuggling a few of my mother’s book collection out of her reading nook and up to my bedroom. I’d have been 11 or 12, I suppose, and she would definitely not have… more goodness …

The Lack of “Reality” in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” ~ Does It Matter? + a Giveaway

The Lack of “Reality” in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” ~ Does It Matter? + a Giveaway

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we often think of the story as being a depiction of the Regency era. But does it truly speak to the time? If so, would not Elizabeth Bennet be more sensitive to her family’s situation? Our heroine turns down two proposals, both of which would “save” her family. Is… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Errors

Jane Austen’s Errors

Something very reassuring to the author of Jane Austen fan fiction is the knowledge that she made mistakes, too. As I begin reading through my editor’s notes on Being Mrs. Bennet (look for it this July), I’m reminding myself of how many errors appear in Austen’s printed works. This is particularly comforting to those of us… more goodness …