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Riffs on Famous Authors

Being the resident Jane Austen person at Booklist, I’m often asked to take on reviewer duties for the slew of Austen-based books (yes, I even reviewed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). The supply of fiction inspired in one way or another by Austen seems like a bottomless cup of tea.  

41h4egdondl__sl160_2So far, no other author has let loose the same impulse to retell and recycle, although Charles Dickens appears as a character in several novels (most recently, Drood by Dan Simmons, and Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold).  But are we seeing a Bronte trend?  Not long ago, I reviewed Emily’s Ghost: A Novel of the Bronte Sisters by Denise Giardina, which joins The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte by Laura Joh Rowland, The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan, and Emily’s Journal by Sarah Fermi. The latest Bronte borrowing is The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James, whose previous novel, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austenwas popular.

If your book group wants to explore some of the Austen and Bronte spin-offs, there are blogs that regularly review them. Try Jane Austen’s World and BronteBlog

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About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

4 Comments on "Riffs on Famous Authors"

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  1. I loved Emily’s Ghost. Well written and very interesting. Highly recommended.

  2. austenprose@verizon.net' Laurel Ann says:

    Jane Austen’s World and BronteBlog are two great resources for book groups and readers. In addition, I always appreciate the reviews from the resident Jane Austen person on Booklist! Thanks Mary Ellen. 😉

  3. janeaustensworld@gmail.com' Vic says:

    Thank you for including my blog for the Austen spin-offs. I am so pleased with the honor. One of my favorite Austen book blogs is Austenprose. I don’t know if I am allowed to leave a link, but just in case, here it is: http://austenprose.wordpress.com/

  4. marianlibertarian@yahoo.com' Kaite Stover says:

    I love these kinds of books! Thanks for gathering these titles. And there was a romance called Emily’s Secret by Jill Jones some years back.

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