It is a happy day when new books are born, especially when they come from Janeite lineage.
I am very pleased to celebrate the arrival of Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom which launches today from Mariner Books. Please help me welcome author Deborah Yaffe who has kindly contributed a guest blog sharing her inspiration to write about a topic very close to my heart – Jane Austen and her legion of fans. Enter a chance to win one of six copies available from her publisher by leaving a comment with this post. Details are included at the end of the blog. Good luck.
Like so many Jane Austen novels, the story of how I came to write Among the Janeites, my nonfiction chronicle of obsessive Austen-love, begins with the entail.
Or, rather, with a question about the entail, that hoary element of English inheritance law that is so crucial to the plot of Pride and Prejudice. Months earlier, inspired by Karen Joy Fowler’s novel The Jane Austen Book Club, I’d roped several neighbors into re-reading Austen’s novels with me, and our P&P discussion had brought up an arcane legal point requiring further research.
Poking around online the next day, I decided to check out a website I vaguely recalled hearing about – the Republic of Pemberley, the Internet’s largest Jane Austen fan community. And suddenly, there they were: my people.
See, the neighbors in my reading group were smart, insightful women who seemed to like Austen – but they didn’t like her quite the way I had liked her ever since my days as a preteen bookworm who spent every spare moment inhaling classic fiction. They weren’t memorizing Captain Wentworth’s love letter to Anne Elliot, or worrying – really worrying! – whether Marianne Dashwood was going to be happy with Colonel Brandon. People like that didn’t live in my neighborhood; they lived on Pemberley. Continue reading “Among the Janeites Launch Party with Author Deborah Yaffe, & Giveaway!”