Why a new blog

Dear readers,

As some of you might know, I’m a huge Austen fan. I enjoy her novels, stories, and letters, and find myself continually quoting from them and comparing real-life people with her characters – both amusing and educating my family and friends in the process. But every now and then I need to venture beyond the ‘three or four families in a country village’ and feel that ‘the world is mine oyster.’

On the other hand, I haven’t had enough time lately to sit down, write, and edit the kind of lengthy post I published last year at Jane Austen’s Microcosm. Therefore, I thought of creating a new blog where I could share shorter, perhaps more tentative comments on various literary texts and contexts – including Austen’s, of course.

The title has been taken from Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 2. An illiterate Capulet servant carries an invitation for his master’s party, and asks Romeo if he knows how to read. He jokingly replies he can read anything as long as he knows the letters and the language. I believe this is a good place to start.

Hope you join me in this new adventure.