Although it is difficult to imagine these two writers as sharing much in common with Austen, they came together during World War II to produce this delightful series of essays.
Elizabeth Jenkins was the author of 12 novels, the author of 12 biographies, and a founder of England’s Jane Austen Society (JAS). Jenkins was born on October 31, 1905, lived a long life, died on September 5, 2010, and among many honors was awarded an OBE in 1981.
This spring, I decided to select a novel to read from my collection of Jane Austen-related modern novels. I selected Mrs. Bennet Has Her Say by Jane Juska. The format was unusual as it was presented as a combination of journal entries by Mr. Bennet and letters by Mrs. Bennet to her sister, Jane.
My love of Jane Austen had actually been hatched years before, but my connection with other fans began when, unable to relax following the terrorist attacks, I wrote my heart out in my weekly column for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford.