Month: February 2015

Letters by Charles Austen: New Insights


The New York Times has featured eighteenth-century scholars Devoney Looser, professor of English at Arizona State University and also an ABO editorial board member, and Ruth Knezevich, doctoral candidate in English at the University of Missouri, in “Pride, Prejudice, Prostitutes and Pickles: Scholars Unearth Two Letters Relating to Jane Austen” by Jennifer Schuessler (10 February 2015) for…

The Lesser-Known Life of a Libertine

Portrait of Giacomo Casanova (1760)
By Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
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“People want to know everything, and they invent when they cannot guess the truth.”–Casanova, Histoire de ma vie [pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I have loved women even to madness, but I have always loved liberty better.”[/pullquote] The womanizer of all womanizers Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725-1798) enjoyed life as he states in his memoir: “I…

Review of Jane Austen’s World (


In a recent quest to find out more about Jane Austen, I stumbled upon a wonderfully informative blog called Jane Austen’s World created by Vic Sanborn, a self-described lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Sanborn’s site captivated my attention for hours through her informative posts about Jane Austen, her novels, and…

A Personal Score: Jane Austen’s Place in Quiz Culture

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Jane Austen quizzes have invaded the internet. Countless websites and blogs now advertise Austen quizzes that can provide a score for the participants’ Austen knowledge (“So you think you know Jane Austen?”) or even match specific personality traits of participants to one of Austen’s famous heroines (“Which Jane Austen Heroine are You?”). Lists such as…