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Literary Equation: Love of World War II and Postwar History + Love of Pride and Prejudice = Pemberley Remembered


Background Information

 

I grew up in North Jersey before they paved it. The exciting venues of New York City were easily accessible, and if I had any money, I'm sure I would have enjoyed them all.  I have a few years of college, but I am largely self-educated because I wanted to learn about things that were of interest to me, especially American and European history and 19th Century novels, but my professors had other ideas. One of the novels I wanted to read was Pride and Prejudice.  After finishing the last line of P&P, I picked up Austen's Emma and then Persuasion and so on until I had read them all, and from Austen, I went to the Brontes.  So P&P opened a whole new world for me.  For the next 30 years, I have had some version of a P&P sequel swirling around in my head, and two years ago, I finally started to write my novel, Pemberley Remembered.  I was able to combine my love of history (World War II and postwar England) with Austen's characters, Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, and being a romantic, the novel includes three love stories from three different time periods, all thanks to Jane Austen.

 

Birth Place
Elmwood Park, NJ USA
Accomplishments

My proudest achievements are the years I spent working in Special Education as well as being a volunteer in connection with the elderly, the homeless and the environment.

Favorite Links

Pemberley Remembered
Additional information on the novel as well as lots of history on Regency England, World War I and World War II.

Pemberley Rememberd Blog
Musings about the novel and the time periods involved. Also, lots of interesting links.

The Meryton Assembly - Jane Austen Fan Fiction
Fan fiction site for those who can's get enough of Austen and her works and contribute to the site by writing articles or commenting on them






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