On April 30, 1803, James Monroe secured an agreement from the French government, then led by Napoleon, to allow purchase of a large section of what we now know as the United States of America. The Louisiana Purchase famously doubled … Continue reading
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“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
“You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s novels are widely regarded as timeless today, yet they actually first entered the scene during a phase of publishing which had no place for them. Pride and Prejudice, initially called First Impressions, was sent by a then 22-year old Austen to the publisher Thomas Cadell and promptly rejected without ever being read.
Epic poetry and gothic novels were the mainstay of popular literature at the time and a story about a strong-willed heroine surrounded by a society concerned with property, marriage, manners and the like didn’t pack the punch that stories with the striking imagery of the gothic genre provoked. Continue reading →