Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor Their affection for each other was extreme; it passed the common love of sisters; and it had been so from childhood.  Jane’s niece, Anna Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters


The Complex Mind of Elizabeth Bennet

by Seth Snow We have learned, and continue to learn, that a person seems to have both conscious and subconscious thoughts.  Conscious thoughts are those thoughts that influence our behavior with our knowing it, whereas subconscious thoughts are those thoughts that influence our behavior without our knowing it.  I will propose that the characters in… Read more about The Complex Mind of Elizabeth Bennet


Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?

Persuasion A New Musical

By Harold Taw “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” —Persuasion, Chapter 4 I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people… Read more about Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre?


Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Society

by Gracelyn Anderson Jane Austen entered the world fashionably late by one month on December 16, 1775, as one of the seven Austen children. The Austens resided in a parsonage in Steventon, England, and started a small school for boys in their home to provide extra income along with working their usual occupations. Although Jane’s… Read more about Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Society


Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It Out

Welcome to the first of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style. Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.   Perhaps it’s just that kind of day. Or year. Bottom line:… Read more about Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It Out


Jane Austen and Illness

Jane Austen and illness

by Margaret Mills What reading material do you turn to if you are unwell?   The novelist Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a letter early in 1865 to John Ruskin, about one of her own books, in which she said: “whenever I am ailing or ill, I take Cranford and – I was going to say enjoy… Read more about Jane Austen and Illness


The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death

Jane Austen's Death

By Caroline Kerr Taylor 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments. We will never know for sure the exact cause of her… Read more about The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death


An Interview With Helena Kelly, Author of Jane Austen the Secret Radical

Helena Kelly’s book, Jane Austen the Secret Radical,  began an interesting debate around the beloved Regency author when it was released in November 2016.  Kelly’s book explored Jane Austen as a radical, spirited and politically engaged writer, and this was a shock for those people who’d only thought of Jane as a tranquil, smiling woman… Read more about An Interview With Helena Kelly, Author of Jane Austen the Secret Radical