When you need more (about) Jane Austen...
On this page, I've collected together links to
some of my writings about Jane Austen which
have appeared elsewhere,
and shared of my favourite online
Jane Austen resources.
Great video introduction to Austen:
"She was an ambitious and stern moralist... the novel was her chosen weapon in the struggle to reform humanity."
Favourite Jane Austen podcasts:
I am a guest on "First Impressions," with Kristin, author and Mansfield Park lover, discussing the pleasures and pitfalls of writing historical fiction and Austen fan fiction
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?
Reading with Austen: A digital re-creation of the library at her
wealthy brother's estate at Godmersham Park
Was Jane Austen a Secret Radical? I say "No."
Check out my four-part blog series about
Jane Austen: The Secret Radical
And my blog series, Clutching my Pearls,
an exploration of Jane Austen's values and beliefs
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."
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."
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!
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 Mr. and Mrs. Knight.) Click here for more details and images of the book plates which will help antiquarian book lovers identify these books.