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Mon
Oct 17 2011 5:00pm

Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann NattressWe know very little of Jane Austen’s life beyond the information in the surviving letters to her sister Cassandra and her family, and their personal recollections of “dear aunt Jane” in the not-so-accurate family biographies. Some historians recall her as a retiring spinster who never wrote intentionally to earn a living; others offer a different view of a woman dedicated to her craft with an eye on the “pewter.” If you piece together older sources and the new biographies, an interesting personality emerges who was much more acerbic and calculating than any of her family would like you to know about.

[So who was the real Jane?...]

Fri
Oct 7 2011 5:00pm
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Laurel Ann Nattress

Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

Have you ever wondered what Jane Austen dreamt about? Are you curious how she felt about her own characters?  Would you like to know what she would have to say if you met her?  Do you wonder what happened to her characters after the book ended?  Or what they would be like translated into modern times?  Jane Austen Made Me Do It answers these and other questions in twenty-two short stories by authors both familiar and new. 

In the lead story, by Syrie James, all of  Jane Austen’s heroines, and a compendium of other characters from her novels, descend on her on a foggy day in Bath to discuss or complain about the way they were portrayed, a distressing but ultimately illuminating experience which inspires her to write Persuasion.

Get a sneak peek of Laurel Ann Nattress’s Jane Austen Made Me Do It (Available October 11, 2011) with an excerpt of the first story.

Jane Austen’s Nightmare
Syrie James

Chawton, Wednesday 2 August 1815

An extraordinary adventure which I only just experienced proved to be so vivid and distressing-and yet ultimately so illuminating-that I feel I must record it in its entirety.

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