Jane Austen’s novels contain many courtships and brides, but the author herself never married. In this episode Christine will delve into the time in Jane’s life when she could have become a wife and introduce you to Harris Bigg-Wither, the man who sought her hand.
Jane Austen's Letters, Deirdre Le Faye, ed., 4th edition, Oxford University Press, (2011).
James Edward Austen-Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen: And Other Family Recollections, Kathryn Sutherland, ed., Oxford University Press, (2008).
Reginald Fitz Hugh Bigg-Wither, Materials for a History of the Wither Family, Warren and Son, (1907).
Marilyn Butler, "Austen, Jane (1775–1817)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, (2004; online edn, Jan 2010).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)