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August 18 2013

Shipping Sunday: Mansfield Park’s Fanny/Edmund

Jane Austen created some of the most memorable couples of all time, including Mansfield Park's Edmund/Fanny—naturally these two deserved a Shipping Sunday of their own! Many movie...
June 12 2011

The Fathers of Jane Austen

If you’re feeling kindly toward your Dad this Father’s Day, you might want to refrain from giving him a Jane Austen novel. Stick with power tools. Although Jane Austen herself seems to have...
June 7 2011

Amiable Rancour: Jane Austen’s Insults

Would Jane Austen issue an insult? Would any have of her characters (other than the mean ones, of course)? Certainly not. Jane Austen is that sweet little Regency-era lady who wrote those nice...
May 7 2011

Happy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Bennet: Jane Austen’s Mothers

Mothers don't often fare well in Jane Austen's world. In fact, many have been buried by the time we meet their offspring. Emma Woodhouse's mother has been long gone by the time we meet...
April 1 2011

Which Austen Heroine Could Be Your BFF?

Yes. Jane Austen has written some drool-worthy heroes, men of various stripes with whom we would like to end up, from her Alpha Fitzwilliam Darcy to her Beta Henry Tilney, there probably isn't a...
March 9 2011

Why Did Jane Austen Never Marry?

It wasn’t as if she was never asked, or didn’t want to be asked. The teenaged Jane Austen was in fact such a flirt and party animal that one neighbor called her “the prettiest, silliest,...
March 5 2011

Does Edmund Bertram Need a Slap Upside the Head?

If asked for their least favorite of Jane Austen's six novels, my guess is that 9 out of 10 people would identify Mansfield Park without hesitation. I am not one of those 9. I love Mansfield Park,...
February 22 2011

With Friends Like These: Jane Austen’s Sly Girls

Don't we all know people like this? People who make friendly overtures and want to be your buddy, but who you know have an ulterior motive. Jane Austen must have, and she has given us three (at...