Jane Austen

Before Downton, There Was Derbyshire

Shachi Kurl | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

This day, this week, marks 200 years since readers first clapped eyes on what was to become one of the most memorable first lines in English literature: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

What Feminists Really Think of Jane Austen

Elizabeth Kantor | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Kantor

The feminists have discovered The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After. Or, at the very least, decided that they can't go on ignoring it -- and they're definitely not sold. But does taking a modern approach on Austen's classic work ruin it? Which approach really reduces Austen's work? Taking her principles seriously, and asking how her insights might apply today? Or dismissing her ideas about love and sex -- wherever they don't overlap with modern enlightened opinion -- as blind prejudices that she would surely grow out of if only we could whisk her to the 21st century?

Think You Know Love Better Than Jane Austen? Take This Quiz

Elizabeth Kantor | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Kantor

Ever wish you could be a Jane Austen heroine? Do you recognize yourself (or anyone else) in any of these romantic dilemmas? Jane Austen's solutions might work for you! Figure out which heroine provided the romance advice in the mini-quizzes below!