NovElla · Austen · Historical

A Fine Brush on Ivory

Watercolor of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra, 1804   A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen is a light academic analysis of Jane Austen’s writings by Richard Jenkyns, a professor and researcher of classical literature. If you like reading Jane Austen, and exploring the ideas within her works, this is the… Continue reading A Fine Brush on Ivory

Austen · Cinderella · LOTR · NovElla

One Lovely Blog Award

I am honored and excited to share that I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Marcia Strykowski, over at her own lovely blog, received the award and so a big thank you to her for nominating NovElla and Banannabelle! Here are the guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award: Each nominee must thank… Continue reading One Lovely Blog Award

Austen · Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Did Jane Austen write a story about Cinderella? Well, not exactly; but I love connecting two of my favorite topics together! Arguably, all of Austen’s most popular works have at least one Cinderella element in them: every heroine marries a man of greater wealth. Although not always her social superior, the male lead is often… Continue reading Jane Austen’s Cinderella Obsession

Austen · Banannabelle · Candy · Dessert

Honey, Creamed Honey

What do Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austen have in common? Beekeeping! The Austen home at Chawton Cottage was part of an estate that included farmland and bees. Jane Austen lived there near the end of her life, and she did much of her writing at Chawton. I’ve heard it was her sister Cassandra who was… Continue reading Honey, Creamed Honey

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200 Years of Emma

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition,” was first launched on the world two centuries ago. Jane Austen’s only eponymous novel, Emma was published on December 23, 1815, as announced in The Morning Chronicle newspaper. However, the frontispiece, pictured below, displays a publication date of 1816—so I have no… Continue reading 200 Years of Emma