Becca St. John: An Independent Miss

Looks like a very good book

Susana's Parlour

Depravity of the Novel, Oh My!

Becca St. John

Untitled1What is so wrong with the 18th century circulating library to provoke Jane Austen to pen, “Mr. Collins readily assented, and a book was produced; but, on beholding it (for everything announced it to be from a circulating library), he started back, and begging pardon, protested that he never read novels.” (Pride and Prejudice)

Ye Gads! It’s not the Lending Library at fault, but The Novel! Worse, novels read by women and, dare I say (fist to mouth) romance novels! Moral panic descends.

“Women, of every age, of every condition, contract and retain a taste for novels […T]he depravity is universal. … the mistress of a family losing hours over a novel in the parlour.” (Sylph no. 5, October 6, 1796: 36-37)

Untitled2How many hours have we all lost in the parlor on the sofa? Too many, in my case…

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