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Jane Austen and the Master Spy

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St. Andrew's on the Terrace

30 The Terrace

Wellington, Wellington 6011

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In Jane Austen's day, the British Secret Service was a new and very controversial organization. The British public frowned on the employment of spies, and even members of Parliament had no idea how much tax money was actually being funneled to the Secret Service. The head of the organization was Master Spy William Wickham, a handsome, charming, and unscrupulous young man, not unlike George Wickham in Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy's ultimate solution to the menace of George Wickham, to force him into the regular army, was the same course of action Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington were advocating for the Secret Service, that it become a branch of the military. So there is a political message embedded in Jane Austen's most popular novel.

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Sheryl Craig has a Ph.D. in 19 th century British literature from the University of Kansas. Editor of JASNA News, she has published in Persuasions, Persuasions On-line, and The Explicator as well as more than two dozen articles in Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, ten film reviews for the Jane Austen Centre in Bath’s website, and a biography of 19 th century British poet Felicia Hemans for Chawton House Library’s website. Sheryl’s book, Jane Austen and The State of the Nation, was published by Palgrave Macmillan Press in 2015, and she is presently working on another book for Macmillan, Jane Austen and the Plight of Women, about Jane Austen and the Women’s Rights Movement in Georgian England.

Location: Conference room 1 (upstairs)


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