Inspired and Influenced By Jane
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Dancing Mr. Darcy is a collection of winning entries from the Jane Austen Short Story Competition held in 2009. This competition was in celebration of the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s arrival to Chawton village; and writers were asked to compose a short story that had a connection to Jane Austen, her novels, her Chawton home, or the Chawton House Library. The twenty writers chosen are all women of various ages; some even still in college! Although some are American, majority of the writers live in the United Kingdom. These women make a living as journalists, educators, artists, screenwriters, librarians, actresses, and of course, published writers. The stories range from seven to ten pages in length and have varying connecting links to Jane Austen. With some stories the connection is strong and obvious, like a story about Jane Austen characters, and with others the connection is more abstract, like contemporary stories inspired or influenced by Jane Austen.