Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House
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An anthology of the winning entries in the Jane Austen Short Story Award 2009, which celebrated the bicentenary of Jane Austen's arrival in the village of Chawton, where she spent the most productive years of her literary life.
Traumatised by her parents decision to give up the rectory in Hampshire where she grew up, Austen had been unable to write for ten years. During that time she moved from one rented property to another and it was only when her brother Edward offered her a permanent home on his Chawton House Estate that she had the peace and security to pick up her pen again. All of her novels were written or published while she lived there.
A collection of the very best short fiction inspired by Jane Austen or Chawton House Library and the Chair of Judges, Sarah Waters, bestselling author of Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, selected a winner and two runners-up from the 20 final entries.
The anthology contains introductions from both Sarah Waters, and Rebecca Smith, the great great great great great niece of Jane Austen.
"reflects the wit and elegance of Austen's language while displaying an awe-inspiring knowledge of the life and works of England's favourite novelist."
Sheila Cornelius, www.theshortreview.com
"...for a true homage to Austen look no further than 'Dancing With Mr Darcy'... Featuring such a wide range of genres, themes, emotions and characters, there is something for everyone - whether well-read in Austen or not."
"Entrancing collection of Austen-inspired stories."
Jane Austen's Regency World
"take(s) the Jane Austen we all love and admire and cannot get enough of and creates something new and lovely in her wake... here is Austen as she inspires 21st century writers and it is a gift to all of us."
Janeite Deb, Jane Austen Society of North America
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Published by Honno in conjunction with Chawton House Library
Foreward/Intro by: Sarah Waters
Category: Anthologies Short Stories Fiction
First published by Honno in : October 2009
Contributors: Victoria Owen, Elas A. Solender, Kirsty Mitchell, Elizabeth Hopkinson, Nancy Saunders, Elaine Grotefeld, Suzy Ceulan Hughes, Esther Bellamy, Hilary Spiers, Lane Ashfeldt, Stephanie Shields, Kelly Brendel, Penelope Randall, Beth Cordingly, Clair Humphries, Felicity Cowie, Stephanie Tillotson, Jacqui Hazell, Mary Howell and Andrea Watsmore,