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This is not a book recommendation but rather a story of getting back to Jane Austin. Recently I picked up a novel "Undressing Mr. Darcy" I thought it might be a fun read and the name of the book peeked my interest. Well, the book was even worse than I thought it could be and pretty cheesy too. But in reading it and the references to the Jane Austin Literary Society, it really made me want to go back and re-read Jane and also understand her life much more than I do.

AmelieMatisse 8 July 9
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A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf by Midorikawa. This was an interesting look into the authors' relationships with other women. You might enjoy it.

idoubtit Level 7 July 16, 2018

As a self-identifying Anglophile, I approve!

As a self-identifying Anglophone, I approve of your approval 🙂


I love that old English. It seems like you would need to know everything you were going to say before you begin to speak, then speak it grammatically correctly , using clauses, to the end of your sentence. And being very polite while you're doing it!

brentan Level 8 July 9, 2018

@RaaChenn That's interesting. I didn't know that. Does that mean that the style came from the Saxons?

@AmelieMatisse Yes it does. I think it is very elegant.

@brentan Old English is, I understand, a meeting of the Latin of Roman occupation, pre-invasion Saxon and Danish/Germanic dialects (still evident in the North-east), and the Norman French imposed after 1066. It's almost impossible for modern English speakers to decipher, and a long way from the formal - but recognizably modern - English of the period in which Jane Austen wrote.