Sibling Affection

Sibling Affection

All of the main characters (male and female) in Austen’s novels have sisters. In fact, in most cases, they have two or more sisters. However, what I have always found interesting is that except for the Bannet sisters and the Dashwood sisters, we barely see/read much affection among the siblings in the stories. In the… more goodness …

Silhouettes: A Portrait Alternative with a Dark History (pun intended)

Silhouettes: A Portrait Alternative with a Dark History (pun intended)

For hundreds of years, until the invention of the camera, the only quick and cheap method of immortalizing a loved one was through a shade, also referred to as a shadow portrait. As opposed to more decorative and expensive forms of portraiture like painting or sculpture, a shade was a simple and inexpensive alternative readily available for… more goodness …

Who Is Jane Austen? Part I

Who Is Jane Austen? Part I

Most everybody has heard of Jane Austen, an authoress from the late 18th century to the early 19th. Known for writing some of the most popular books found in literature, she is honored and respected over 200 years later.  So, what do I mean when I ask who is she? Well, I’m referring to her… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “This Covers Everything” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of P. O. Dixon‘s “This Covers Everything” Giveaway. Luisa1111 will each receive a $5 Amazon gift card from Ms. Dixon. Congratulations, Luisa. [Note: If the winner is not eligible to redeem a gift card from Amazon.com, one P. O. Dixon eBook will be awarded instead—winner’s choice.] Please… more goodness …

Shakespeare and Austen

Shakespeare and Austen

If you were asked to name two famous English writers, chances are pretty good that the list would include William Shakespeare or Jane Austen – or possibly both! They lived two centuries apart, but their fame and influence has been long-lasting and global. Austen herself grew up during an age when Shakespeare’s work was established… more goodness …

Law(!) and Order(?) in 18th and 19th Century England

Law(!) and Order(?) in 18th and 19th Century England

  Criminal justice in Regency England was sometimes more a case of criminal injustice, for both the victim and the perpetrator. For starters, until the middle of the eighteenth century there were no authorised police, or constables for UK readers. The responsibility for law and order in the country was up to each village, town,… more goodness …

Of Lace and Finery: Coded Language in Austen’s Novels

Of Lace and Finery: Coded Language in Austen’s Novels

Jane Austen continues to astonish me. We turn again toward her use of clothing to inform her characters, this time focusing on the handful of references to lace and/or finery in her novels. Lace appears to be, in Austen-speak, a euphemism for empty-headed, trivial, vain, self-centered, and even vulgar. Perhaps this is due to the… more goodness …

Lead Mining in Derbyshire

Lead Mining in Derbyshire

We often hear about Mr. Darcy’s fortune of “ten-thousand a year.”  But where did all that money come from?  In doing research for my current work in progress, I have been exploring what industries the Darcy family might have built their fortune from.     While the Darcy family certainly owned plenty of land in Derbyshire… more goodness …

This Covers Everything

This Covers Everything

  “A young woman with the distinction of being crossed in love was unlikely to be so easily consoled.” – Something to Think Of, Chapter 16 It feels as if I’ve had more ‘working’ covers for my upcoming release, Something to Think Of, than any story I have ever written. Remember these? Maybe it’s a… more goodness …

Influential Widows and Matriarchs in Jane Austen

Influential Widows and Matriarchs in Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s novels are brimming with formidable and highly opinionated ladies. At a time when the female ideal was passive and even-tempered, she never shied away from creating characters that were quite the opposite. Today, we will look at some of the older women in her novels, how the author portrays them, and who amongst the… more goodness …