The short story "Jane Austen's Nightmare" by Syrie James--a special excerpt from the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress--is now available on Heroes and Heartbreakers for members. To read the full excerpt, please log in or register.
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 her 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.
Jane Austen's Nightmare
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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