Maria Lucas Audiobook Now Available

“Maria Lucus,” the short-story sequel to Charlotte Collins, is now available as an audiobook on! Both the novel and the short story are narrated by Anne Day-Jones, who will also be reading Caroline Bingley. I’m pleased to be able to offer the novels and short stories in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice Collection […]

Col. Fitzwilliam and Maria Lucas?

Nope, I didn’t write their story, but Emily C. A. Snyderdid! And look! She also draws. I cannot draw, so I just steal pretty things and give artists credit. I am honored to find that Emily has dedicated this sketch to me. Thank you, Emily. I’m truly touched, and I also look forward to reading […]

What Austen Did Best

Kevin’s blog post below about J. R. R. Tolkien referred to what he did better than anyone else: world building. He created a land that felt large and ancient and alive. This artistic skill, along with many others, has made Tolkien’s work endure and flourish. And it caused me to ponder the same question about […]

Which Minor Pride & Prejudice Character Are You?

For me, one of the most striking features of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was her use of vivid, interesting secondary characters. While I loved reading about the romance between Lizzie and Darcy and between Jane and Bingley, I was equally fascinated by the characters around them. What happened to Charlotte Lucas? Did she stay […]

Jane Austen Experience: Rooms with a View

Last week, my friend Mary Simonsen sent me an article from about a  show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York called Rooms with a View: “The show covers a brief period and a slender subject: the open window, as rendered by German, Danish and French artists in the first half of […]