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Here are eight of my favourite blog posts, to mark the eighth anniversary of my blog:

Jane Austen’s “Darling Child” Meets the World: on the publication of Pride and Prejudice in 1813.

Why is Mr. Darcy So Attractive? (in the novel, not the movies).

Mansfield Park is a Tragedy, Not a Comedy: on the tragic action of Austen’s Mansfield Park.

Austens in Bermuda and Nova Scotia: photos of places Jane Austen’s brothers Charles and Francis Austen and their families visited during their time on the North American Station of the British Royal Navy.

Admiralty House, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Admiralty House, where Francis Austen and his family stayed when they were in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1840s

What Edith Wharton Tells Us About the Way We Live Now: on The Custom of the Country.

The Custom of the Country

Spring in Rainbow Valley: on L.M. Montgomery’s Rainbow Valley, with photos from a trip to Prince Edward Island.

The Lake of Shining Waters

“The Lake of Shining Waters.”


Malpeque, PEI

“She knew that a hard struggle was before her”: Emily’s Quest: “After this I’m just going to write what I want to,” says L.M. Montgomery’s heroine Emily Starr.

PEI National Park, Cavendish

PEI National Park, Cavendish

The Republic of Love Bookmark and the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth: “Think instead of the stories you like to read, or better yet, the story you would like to read but can’t find.” – Carol Shields

The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth, Winnipeg, Manitoba

I can’t begin to choose favourites from among the many posts other writers have contributed to the three blog series I’ve hosted, so I’ll include all of them:

An Invitation to Mansfield Park: Guest posts in honour of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (2014).

Emma in the Snow: Guest posts in honour of the 200th anniversary of Austen’s Emma (2015-16).

Youth and Experience: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion: the blog series that began last fall and ended a few weeks ago. Guest posts on the two novels that were published together after Austen’s death in 1817.

Many thanks to everyone who’s read and commented and contributed guest posts over the past eight years!