Catharine; or, The Bower

Last in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. And so we come to the end of our expedition through Jane Austen’s minor, unfinished, and juvenile fictions. (I have left out a couple of … Read More

We Want More Austen! No. 12: “Evelyn”

For many months now, O Readers, I have sullied your ears with accounts of the savagery and snark that so often fell from the pen of the youthful Jane Austen. Together we have roamed the rocky path of vice through her … Read More

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Eleventh in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. From a tender age Jane Austen had a gift for bringing us characters who expose their flaws through their own unreflecting utterances. Every time they … Read More

Oh, Just Get Over It Already!

Tenth in the series We Want More Austen! About the minor and youthful works of Jane Austen. It cannot be denied—the young Jane Austen was empathy-challenged. In her teenage stories she thought nothing of breaking the hearts of her characters, … Read More

Of Henrys and Elizas

Ninth in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. There are many great opening lines in literature, from “It is a truth universally acknowledged . . .” to “It was the best of times, … Read More

Mary Crawford. The Original Cosmo Girl?

Mary Crawford…a cosmo girl? That complex, charming, antagonist from Mansfield Park? Sure. And why not? To me, her tractable morals make a far more congenial drinking buddy, I mean, compelling literary character than the novel’s heroine, Fanny Price. Over the holiday break, … Read More

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