Jane Austen Lived a Quiet, Single Life—
Or Did She?

Tradition holds that Austen lived a contemplative, unmarried life. But what if, during the “lost years” of her twenties, she wed a man as passionate and intelligent as she? What if, together, they faced the biggest challenges of life in 1805?

Find out why readers have praised it as “a magical tale”—“one of the best love stories I have read in a long time”—“wickedly clever”—“highly imagined, playful”—“so well-researched and respectfully written … it’s easy to imagine she could have found love.”

Courtship becomes marriage.

Life becomes real.

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Further Reading

  • What Did Jane Austen Look Like?

    Jane Austen watercolor

    What did Jane Austen look like? No one really knows. Which is to say: We know fairly precisely her size and shape, but only a little of what her face looks like. A forensic analysis done by clothing expert Hilary Davidson in 2015 details Austen’s figure. By analyzing an outer garment called a pelisse, known to have ...

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  • Strolling in the Pleasure Gardens of Jane Austen’s Bath

    Canal at Sydney Gardens was finished just before Jane Austen moved to Bath

    Whereas the first day of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath was as dreary as anyone could wish to avoid—enlivened only by the gaily dressed ladies and gentlemen who braved the rain for the Promenade—the next day broke off as sunny and pleasant as anyone in England would wish to enjoy. The major activity for our group ...

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  • Rain in Bath Fails to Dampen Spirits During Promenade


    Being in Bath for the annual Jane Austen Festival was a special treat, and things were so busy that the first time I’ve had to write is two days later, in another Austen haunt about 90 miles east of Bath–Hampshire. Even these thoughts are quickly put together. No coherent theme has emerged! The Jane Austen Festival runs for ten ...

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