Jane Austen and Names, by Maggie Lane – A Review
The Kind of Work I intend to plunge in creating a novel size book. Will implore you to buy and read
From the desk of Tracy Hickman:
It seems only natural that an author would be interested in names. My writer friends collect interesting names for future characters and are constantly putting together different combinations. A young Jane Austen playfully tried out a selection of husband names for herself in her father’s parish register of marriages. Expectant parents pour over lists of baby names and struggle to find just the right one. As Maggie Lane points out in the introduction, “The pleasure of choosing names for progeny is one that maiden aunts normally forfeit. But not Jane Austen.” Jane Austen and Names explores her choice of character names and what these choices reveal about the culture she lived in. We also learn about Austen’s personal likes and dislikes through excerpts from her letters.
Ms. Lane begins with a chapter titled, “A Brief History of Names” in which she outlines the…
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