Category Archives: Jane Austen

(In)Formality of Language

(In)Formality of Language

I think we are all quite aware that Austen’s writing is of a rather formal sort. Based on her writing style and on how people of the upper classes spoke, that means that sometimes, the conversation seems quite stilted to our modern eyes. In Pride and Prejudice, the following conversation between Jane and Elizabeth particularly… Read the full blog post …

Fetch Me a Cordial, I’m Unwell.

Fetch Me a Cordial, I’m Unwell.

When Harriet Smith is has a cold, Mr. Elton reports that she was given a cordial. When Mr. Knightley is giving instructions on how to make spruce beer, Mr. Elton breaks his pencil. When Louisa Musgrove has fallen in Lyme, she is taken back to the house and given cordials and restoratives. When Marianne Dashwood… Read the full blog post …

A Woman’s Power of Refusal

A Woman’s Power of Refusal

“You will allow, that in both, man has the advantage of choice, woman only the power of refusal.” One of Austen’s most recurring themes is the limits placed on women in the society in which she lived. Chief of these is a woman’s limitation when it comes to pursuing love. Unlike modern day, when it… Read the full blog post …

Truth, Pretense, and Something in Between

Truth, Pretense, and Something in Between

Somebody Else’s Gentleman is my newest 2021 release. The story premise poses the following question: What happens when Elizabeth meets her knight in shining armor—a tall, handsome stranger who rescues her, comforts her and stirs her passions in ways she never dreamed possible? What happens when the next time they meet, he appears to be… Read the full blog post …

Do You Like Audiobooks?

Do You Like Audiobooks?

Caption reads: “The phonograph at home reading out a novel.” From Daily Graphic (New York), 2 April 1878. Less than a year after the invention of the phonograph, this drawing offered a future vision. Novels however would remain impractical for phonographs until the 1930s. As an author, I subscribe to several author resource sites, and I’ve found… Read the full blog post …

Excerpt: Compromise & Consequence

Excerpt: Compromise & Consequence

I cannot believe four weeks have passed since my last post here on Austen Authors. I must confess, I have been writing up a storm and have about two more chapters left on Compromise and Consequence. Originally, this story was to end at around seventy thousand words, but today… I reached ninety-five thousand. I have… Read the full blog post …

Misers – A Timeless Fascination

Misers – A Timeless Fascination

I frequently reflect on how different our lives are from the lives of those that lived during the Georgian Period, but occasionally, I am reminded in surprising ways that human nature is rather constant. As a case in point, let’s consider reality television. Back in 2012, there was a reality show called Extreme Cheapskates. It… Read the full blog post …