Here’s to Alcohol: A Ranking of Literary Cocktails

Column by Leah Dearborn July 8, 2022
Searching for a muse? Summer weather is the perfect excuse to test out a few literary cocktail recipes. Maybe they'll help you write, or maybe (probably) the alcohol and sun will put you to sleep.

Happy Birthday To Georgette Heyer, the Salty Godmother of Regency Romance

Column by Leah Dearborn August 16, 2021
Heyer said of her own writing in the 1940s, “I think to myself I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense," but her self-deprecation undermined her wit and substantial body of bestselling work.

EMMA. is a Charming, Self-Aware Adaptation of Jane Austen's Work

Column by Karis Rogerson
The trailer left Karis Rogerson uncertain how she would feel about the latest adaptation. The movie itself left her very satisfied.

"Pride and Prejudice" Remains Timeless and Delightful, More than 200 Years Later

Column by Karis Rogerson January 28, 2020
The 207th anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice" is nigh, so writer Karis Rogerson takes a few moments to examine why this book remains so popular.

The New Year's Resolutions of Your Favorite Literary Characters

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
To inspire you as you set about making your New Year's resolutions for 2020, this post asks how your favorite literary characters would approach their own resolutions.

Emma: The Feminist Hero I Never Knew She Was

Column by Karis Rogerson
In which one newly feminist reader examines just why Jane Austen's "Emma" is a work of feminist art.

A Gothic Literature Primer: Suggested Reading

Column by Annie Neugebauer
Despite its rich history & cult following, people still don’t really understand what gothic fiction is. This primer includes: definition of the genre, 20 novels for suggested reading, & your gothic IQ

6 Couples in Literature Who Should Just Break Up Already

Column by Riki Cleveland February 23, 2017
You might have your OTP, but we have couples who should just call it quits.

10 Things to Read (or Watch) Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

Column by Leah Dearborn February 5, 2016
This article isn't intended to serve as a PSA against football, people who watch football, or people who have football-shaped heads.

Charles Bukowski reviews 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

Column by Cath Murphy
Chuck gets an assignment from the Angel Gabriel. Is it his fault a simple review of Franzen's new book ends up with him smacking Jane Austen in the chops?
Real Mr. Darcy Discovered by Historian

Real Mr. Darcy Discovered by Historian

News by Raine Winters May 13, 2015
Could John Parker, the First Earl of Morley, have been Austen’s muse?

What Writers Can Learn from Gardening

Column by Leah Dearborn April 2, 2015
The ecosystem in your own backyard is a perfectly interlocking narrative where every component of the food chain matters.

Jane Austen reviews ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James

Column by Cath Murphy February 19, 2015
The bestselling book is now a record breaking movie. Jane Austen, inventor of the Romance novel, decides if 'Fifty Shades of Grey' gives young women good advice on dating and relationships.
Bookshots: 'How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading too Much' by

Bookshots: 'How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading too Much' by Samantha Ellis

Review by Leah Dearborn
In 'How to Be a Heroine,' Ellis teases apart what makes the Lizzy Bennets and Cathy Earnshaws of the world tick, and what they’ve contributed to her own life.

Read and Repeat: Finding the Perfect Comfort Book

Column by Leah Dearborn November 17, 2014
November is an ideal month for curling up inside with a book, but most people don’t lunge for a dictionary when they’ve had a long day. What attracts people to certain books when seeking comfort?
Jane Austen's Ring, Kelly Clarkson

UPDATED: Singer Kelly Clarkson Temporarily Blocked From Owning Jane Austen's Ring

News by Christopher Shultz August 13, 2013
The former Miss American Idol likes her some Austen memorabilia, but the British government likes them some Austen memorabilia too.
Jane Austen £10 note

Jane Austen to Appear on British Currency in 2017

News by Christopher Shultz
After a campaign demanding the Bank of England diversify the historical figures gracing bank notes, the 'Pride and Prejudice' author was announced as the next £10 portrait.
Jane Austen prescribed as antidote to horrors of WW1

Novels of Jane Austen Used to Treat Shell-Shocked Soldiers in WWI

News by Dean Fetzer
According to Oxford fellow Dr Paula Byrne, the author’s books gave veterans a sense of security, and this comfort is probably why her writing still appeals... in a ‘crazy’ world

Why the F*ck Do People Love Jane Austen So Much? A Primer

Column by Taylor Houston May 20, 2013
I avoided reading Jane Austen for a long time, but now, I am an avid fan. Join me in learning why she is worthy of so much admiration.

Would Jane Austen Write A Blog? (and other things writers probably shouldn't do)

Column by Cath Murphy November 16, 2012
Being it is NaNoWriMo, it seems right to look back at the great writers of our time and ask if they would have joined in, or laughed their asses off instead.
Scientists Prove Reading Is Good For You

Your Brain On Jane: Scientists Prove Reading Is Good For You

News by Dave Reuss
We always knew reading was good for you, now we have the hard data to back it up.
Publisher To Release Sexier Versions Of Classic Books

Publisher To Release Sexier Versions Of Classic Books

News by Rob Hart July 18, 2012
Thanks to 'Fifty Shades of Grey' we're getting sexy Sherlock Holmes.
Jane Austen Facebook Game

BBC Unveils New Jane Austen Facebook Game

News by Kimberly Turner
The BBC’s new Facebook game asks players to help Jane Austen coax escaped ‘Pride And Prejudice’ characters back into their book.

Fallen Idols: Disappointing Truths About Five Famous Authors

Column by Cath Murphy April 25, 2012
Like most readers, I want authors to 'fit' the fiction they create, and when they fail to live up to my myths about them, I get fractious.

Book Brawl: Sense And Sensibility vs. Pride And Prejudice

Column by Meredith Borders March 16, 2012
Every month I throw two books, somehow related, into the Book Brawl ring to fight it out for the title of literary champion. Today: Jane Austen's 2 best loved comedies of manners get impolite.