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"The Prime of Miss Jane Austen": “Mild-Mannered” Jane Austen Was No Pushover

Journalist writes biographical novel of Jane Austen’s turbulent 20’s.

San Diego, CA, August 27, 2017 --( Investigative journalist and publisher Lisa L. Jorgensen has written a novel, "The Prime of Miss Jane Austen," published this week, about the events and people in Austen’s life during her twenties that influenced her work. Written in the language and style of Austen’s own novels (for the enjoyment of Janeites everywhere), this book uncovers what made Austen tick, and shows which people in her own life were the models for some of her famous characters, like Mr. Darcy, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Lady Catherine DeBourgh, and the cloying Mr. Collins. The book has been released by White Stork Books, and is available in Kindle and paperback formats through

The novel is the result of Ms. Jorgensen’s curiosity about the wide gaps in letters between Austen and her sister, Cassandra Austen, at times during particularly interesting events in their lives. Biographers have surmised that Cassandra burned many letters after Jane’s death in order to preserve an image of Jane as a mild-mannered home-body of no particular distinction, consistent with society’s expectations of women during England’s Regency period.

“There are already excellent biographies of Jane Austen, of course,” said Ms. Jorgensen, “but, two hundred years after her death, there are no other novels of her life that capture her feistiness, her struggles against society, her romances, and her caustic wit. This novel shows how she came into her own as a woman and as an author in her formative 20’s.”

About the Author
Lisa L. Jorgensen is publisher and editor of The Lake Chapala Reporter, an investigative online journal serving Mexico’s large expatriate community. She is also the author of the non-fiction book Moving to Mexico’s Lake Chapala, now in its third edition, and available on

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