Mary Johnston’s To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold is a gilded age tale of love and adventure by Virginian author, Mary Johnston, who set the tale in the history of her home: Colonial Jamestown. Book details: Title: To Have and To Hold Author: Mary Johnston Original publication date: 1899 Setting time & place: 1621 Jamestown, Virginia Colony He is… a war veteran with…

Comparing Jane Eyre with Pamela

As I continue my reading, I’m very curious to see how each work compares and contrasts to those which came before. Part of this project is about tracing the evolution of the romance novel and associated tropes and archetypal characters. This post will be comparing Jane Eyre with Pamela and Pride and Prejudice and I will work on similar comparisons…

Romance Tropes in Jane Eyre

Following on Pride and Prejudice, I’m looking at another classic romance: Jane Eyre. I’ll give you the quick details in case you don’t already know them, and then I’ll look at the romance tropes in Jane Eyre. Book details: Title: Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Bronte Original publication date: 1847 Setting time & place: Early 19th century Northern England: a charity…

Pride and Prejudice and Pamela: Comparing Austen and Richardson

In reading Pride and Prejudice, I inevitably found myself still thinking of Pamela, my previous reading, and comparing Austen and Richardson. There are probably many dissertations written about Richardson’s influence on Austen, but I’ll share a few of the things I noticed.   Writing style and characterization The jump from Richardson to Austen is a big one. After the close POV of…