A Library Talk About Jane Austen

by Margaret Mills As a part-time adult education lecturer in English literature and history, I am never happier than when I am asked to deliver a course or a talk about Jane Austen’s life and work. In October 2017 I was asked to give a talk at our local public library, and I was delighted… Read more about A Library Talk About Jane Austen


Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room

by Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie I do apologize for the pun in my title. The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room… Read more about Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room


Jane Austen’s Bracelet

Create your own bracelet like the one on display at Chawton Cottage


Oxford asks: Which Jane?

which jane?

by Elizabeth Jane Timms As part of the 200th anniversary events to commemorate Jane Austen’s death, the Bodleian Libraries launched its major summer 2017 exhibition in June, asking the intriguing question to its visitors – “Which Jane”? The exhibition seeks to challenge previously held views of Jane, arguing that she was perhaps, driven by ambition,… Read more about Oxford asks: Which Jane?


Is Jane Austen a Great Writer?

By Linore Rose Burkard Quora is growing in popularity. What is Quora? A forum where anyone can ask a question to the world (the world as registered on the site, that is) and expect an answer. The good thing about Quora is that you can ask any question you want, and you might learn a… Read more about Is Jane Austen a Great Writer?


Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters

Jane and Cassandra

by Caroline Kerr Taylor 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 before they were taken to a neighboring family (the Littleworths). Each child was looked after by this family for the first couple of years… Read more about Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters


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


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