Category Archives: Jane Austen

Greetings Our Newest Author, Christine Combe

Greetings Our Newest Author, Christine Combe

Hello! It’s me, Christine Combe, and I am a new member here at Austen Authors. I’m really honored to have been asked to join this amazing group of writers who love Austenesque literature. A little bit about me… Christine Combe is not my real name, but a pseudonym. I created it with the intention of… more goodness …

The Exciting Topic of Perspiration

The Exciting Topic of Perspiration

Last October, a pet joined my family, which means I have been learning to cohabitate with another species. Now, I did my research before bringing the fluff-ball home. But reading about something differs from experiencing it. For example, when they mentioned shedding, I imagined a few dozen hairs escaping her daily brushing. I did not expect that, should… more goodness …

The Importance of Brothers in Jane Austen’s Plots

The Importance of Brothers in Jane Austen’s Plots

In James Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women (1766), Fordyce says, “The world, I know not how, overlooks in our sex a thousand irregularities, which it never forgives in yours; so that the honour and peace of a family are, in this view, much more dependant on the conduct of daughters than of sons; and one… more goodness …

The Desire to Escape into Reading

The Desire to Escape into Reading

Recently I had the pleasure of reading a great book called Anticipating Education by Dr. Deborah Britzman. The book is a collection of some of her lectures and/or talks on using psychoanalysis to reflect on pedagogy. In the book, there is a fascinating chapter about reading. Britzman talks about her early memories of reading, her struggles,… more goodness …

Women and Music in the Early 19th Century

Women and Music in the Early 19th Century

As is typical, I approached my blogging day with no idea what topic to discuss. Then I read Riana Everly’s excellent blog on Classical music and Beethoven from a few days ago. If you missed it, scroll down a bit on the Home page, or click this link: Historical Tidbits: A Heroic Symphony. Now, I… more goodness …

Darcy Vs Bingley Was a Fun Project

Darcy Vs Bingley Was a Fun Project

Of all the books I’ve written, Darcy Chooses and Darcy Vs Bingley are the two most popular. Darcy Chooses was the most work to write as it was at the beginning of my fiction writing career. But…I think that Darcy Vs Bingley was the most fun to write, especially Caroline Bingley’s setdown by Darcy when… more goodness …

Chapter 1 of Pride and Prejudice

Chapter 1 of Pride and Prejudice

I had begun to reread Pride and Prejudice recently when it struck me just how impressive the first chapter is. At less than 1,000 words, you would expect it to be a mere toe-dip in the ocean of the novel, but it is actually quite masterful. Take that masterful first line: “It is a truth universally… more goodness …

The Genius of Austen’s Dialogue: What We Learn from What They Say

The Genius of Austen’s Dialogue: What We Learn from What They Say

Let’s talk about talking. Not just any kind of talking but talking in Jane Austen’s novels to be precise. There are numerous ways authors use dialogue. The most obvious way is to drive the plot forward. Darcy’s overheard insult to Elizabeth at the Assembly Ball in Pride and Prejudice is an easy example of this.… more goodness …