Jane Austen & The Art of Walking (#AustenInAugustLGR)

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Happy Tuesday, fellow Austen readers! I’m pleased to announce that the first Austen in August guest post is coming from Adam of Roof Beam Reader. You all know Adam as the creator of this wonderful reading event, and today he’s here with the topic of the art of walking in Jane Austen’s writing. Welcome, Adam!


One of the most interesting motifs in Austen’s works is “the walk” or “the journey.” Jane Austen was herself very fond of walking, and she also enjoyed creating heroines who would find numerous occasions to take a stroll, either by themselves or in company.

28244As Dorothy Wordsworth noted in a letter dated 1792, walking was “both socially and spatially the widest latitude available to women contained within these social strictures, the activity in which they find a chance to exert body and imagination.”

It is perhaps not surprising, then, that some of the most…

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