Was Jane Austen a Secret Radical?
I argue "No, she wasn't."
Check out my four-part blog series about
Jane Austen: The Secret Radical
My blog series,
Clutching my Pearls,
an exploration of Jane Austen's values and beliefs
Favourite Jane Austen podcasts:
Podcasts which discuss Jane Austen from the perspective of her writing craft and her moral lessons:
Can't get enough of Fanny Price? Or can't figure out why Austen created such an apparently meek heroine?
Can't figure out why Henry and Mary Crawford are the baddies in Mansfield Park, or wish do you wish that Fanny had married Henry? Check out this thoughtful article which explains "In Mansfield Park, Austen sketches a picture of wit without candor, of intelligence without a moral compass, in both Henry and Mary Crawford. She shows us that, even more than brilliance, virtue is the greatest human good."
You don't want to miss my parody literary fiction review generator, published at The Rambling: Is your novel a "hauntingly observed meditation"
or a "delicately textured exploration"?
Use the Literary Fiction review generator!
Great video introduction to Austen:
"She was an ambitious and stern moralist... the novel was her chosen weapon in the struggle to reform humanity."
Write like Austen is a website which will let you know which words Jane Austen used. For example, she never used the words "mayhap" or "steed."
Read with Austen: A digital re-creation of the library at her wealthy brother's estate at Godmersham Park
The Godmersham Lost Sheep Society
is looking for books that used to belong to Jane Austen's relations, the Knight family. (Austen's brother Edward was adopted by the wealthy
Mr. and Mrs. Knight.)
Click here for more details and images of the book plates which will help antiquarian book lovers identify these books.