Category Archives: Author Real Life

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 …

A little sea-bathing will NOT set me up forever

A little sea-bathing will NOT set me up forever

This is, I suppose, the inevitable post in my series on those towns offering water-based cures in the 18th and 19th centuries. For while drinking and bathing in spa water had quite a good run, eventually they were overtaken by a new cure: sea-bathing. The transition from spa towns to seaside resorts was not absolute,… more goodness …

Far From the Austen Crowd

Far From the Austen Crowd

Recently, I re-read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy as it was my book group’s selection for January. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it to you. For those of us who love 19th century English literature beyond Jane Austen, Madding Crowd is one of the best of the Victorian period in my opinion.… more goodness …

The Obsession with Money and Society in Jane Austen’s Novels

The Obsession with Money and Society in Jane Austen’s Novels

 Austen’s novels speak loudly with society’s obsession with money and connections. Money and status was obtained through marriage. What we soon come to accept as a reader of Jane Austen’s novels is that her heroines marry for love (and a bit money). It is not ironic that Austen’s heroines marry within their class. It was… more goodness …

Was YOUR Christmas a MERRY One? Tell us all about it!

Was YOUR Christmas a MERRY One? Tell us all about it!

Let us keep the spirit of Christmas alive for another day, or perhaps even more! The tree no longer has wrapped presents underneath and is undoubtedly dry as a bone, but I presume it and the holiday decorations remain in place, serving as visual reminders of the holiday joy and family celebrations so recently passed.… more goodness …

The Hidden Key

The Hidden Key

It was difficult to write about the public entertainments of Bath and other spa and seaside resorts in my last post without delving into architecture, because so much of public entertainments are about public spaces. I think that’s one of the things that fascinates me about architecture – it’s really where art and life intersect.… 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 …