A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love

Contrary Wind

Share this: By Lona Manning A group of young people, passing the rainy weeks of autumn together in “a dull country house,” decide to entertain themselves by staging a play. So what’s so wrong about that, as the critic Lionel Trilling asks rhetorically in his 1954 essay? The characters in Jane Austen’s great novel, Mansfield… Read more about A Dangerous Intimacy: Mansfield Park and Playing at Love


Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen

Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen

Share this: by Marc DeSantis A Rural England Though Jane Austen’s life of forty-one years was lamentably short, her time on earth, 1775 to 1817, was nonetheless one of great and momentous change.  England was still largely rural in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the rhythm of its country life was tied… Read more about Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen


The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last!

Share this: Dear Reader, I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule… Read more about The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last!


The Sheet Music for Austen Film Scores

Where to find them. What they include…


The Regency Wedding Breakfast

Share this: During the Regency, weddings were often held first thing in the morning with the bridal couple and their guests returning home to celebrate with a wedding breakfast, a precursor to the modern wedding reception, before departing to their new home, or perhaps on their honeymoon. Jane Austen’s niece Caroline (daughter of James) gave… Read more about The Regency Wedding Breakfast


Christmas with Father Christmas

Father Christmas far predates the modern Santa Claus, but how was he associated with the season, and did Jane Austen know him?


The Beefsteak Club

A political club famous for it’s steak and potatoes diet


The Swiss Family Robinson: “One of the most popular novels of all time”

Written in 1812 and translated into English by William Godwin in 1814