Jane Austen and Christianity, Part Two

I recently came across the existence of Jane Austen's prayers while reading the annotated Pride and Prejudice. Before that, I'd never known such a thing existed, despite having read numerous biographies and books about her and her writings. I knew we had many of her letters; I'd even read the deleted chapter if Persuasion, but … Continue reading Jane Austen and Christianity, Part Two

Stories within Stories

Last Friday, we looked at how we can use material from other stories in our own, and today, I want to look at an example, as examined by A Pilgrim in Narnia, where Brenton Dickieson highlighted some of the “stories,” or sources, of Pride and Prejudice in a recent post, some of which were quite … Continue reading Stories within Stories

Do We Still Need Heroes?

Writing for The Boston Globe shortly after the second The Hobbit movie installment came out, Ed Power claims that seeing J. R. R. Tolkien as the model for the fantasy genre “makes it all too easy for those new to these fantastical worlds to assume Tolkien’s prudishness, his sometimes archaic prose, and his Boy Scout … Continue reading Do We Still Need Heroes?

Rediscovering Jane: A Comparison

I recently finished the first book of Fanny Burney’s three volume novel Cecilia. As Burney is an author who supposedly influenced Jane Austen, I was curious to compare her work with that of Austen, and I particularly wanted to read Cecilia because the title for Pride and Prejudice supposedly comes from a speech one of … Continue reading Rediscovering Jane: A Comparison