Category Archives: Jane Austen

“Emma” 1995’s Depiction of Social Class

Emma 1995 – Columbia/Miramax feature film (120 minutes); Directed by Douglas McGrath; Screenplay by Douglas McGrath; Produced by Patrick Cassavetti and Steven Haft Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow…………………………….Emma Woodhouse Jeremy Northam……………………………..Mr. George Knightley Toni Collette………………………………….Harriet Smith James Cosmo………………………………..Mr. Weston Greta Scaacchi……………………………….Mrs. Weston … Continue reading

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Militia Officers in Jane Austen “Pride and Prejudice”

What was the difference between the militia officers found in Regency-based novels such as Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice and the Regulars, such as Colonel Fitzwilliam, in the same book? At the time of the war with Napoleon, Great … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”

In Northanger Abbey, Henry Tilney chastises Catherine Morland for romanticizing foreign settings (from the Gothic romances she reads) and forgetting her “nationalism.”  Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature if the suspicions you have entertained. what have you been judging … Continue reading

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August Birthdays for Some of Our Favorite “Austen” Actors!!

In August, these fine thespians are celebrating birthdays!      August 5 – Mark Strong, who portrayed Mr. Knightley in the 1996 TV version of Emma   August 6 – Romola Garai, who portrayed Emma Woodhouse in the 2009 version … Continue reading

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My Happy Dance…the Musical? Musing on Pride and Prejudice as a Broadway Show

I have been fortunate over the last couple of years to have several of my titles recognized with awards from various RWA groups.  My latest cozy mystery, The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin, has recently been named as a 2016 … Continue reading

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Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

There are those who claim Emma represents Jane Austen’s literary accomplishment. I am not of that persuasion, although I think my indifference comes more from the fact I do not find Emma Woodhouse a character I admire than it does … Continue reading

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Admiral Croft’s Gout in Austen’s “Persuasion” and How to Cure It…

In Chapter 18 of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Mary Musgrove writes to her sister Anne Elliot of their father’s tenants, the Crofts. “I have this moment heard that the Crofts are going to Bath almost immediately: they think the Admiral gouty.” … Continue reading

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