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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    I try to write interesting, thoughtful blogs on a semi-regular basis, so I hope readers will indulge the rare promotional notice. Especially when it involves eighteen months of hard work and relates directly to the existence of this website. Meaning, I’m very pleased to announce that Volume II in “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen” ...

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  • Did Austen Speak Posh?

    Jane Austen's Hampshire accent

    In our last blog, we heard how Shakespeare’s English much more resembled the accents of the provinces than the “proper” English favored today by actors and newscasters, the latter being an accent called “Received Pronunciation” or “RP.” Jane Austen had knowledge of and appreciation for Shakespeare. There are parallels between her social comedies and his, Willoughby reads “Hamlet” ...

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  • ‘To Bay or Not to Bay’: Did Shakespeare Talk Country?

    Shakespeare's accent was much more like regional dialects than BBC English

    When I was in college, the drama department at the University of Arkansas wanted to do a bang-up job on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Over the summer, they sent the actor playing the lead role off to study proper enunciation. He returned with an impeccable rendition, but no one anticipated the disconnect for the audience caused by Hamlet ...

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