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Gerard Charles Wilson

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After a lifetime working in the book business (mostly educational publishing) I now devote myself full-time to my writing which in addition to my books includes commentary on the website of The Edmund Burke Society. Writing is my passion on which there have been many influences. One of my most exhilarating and formative experiences was living in Holland for nearly three years. My Dutch wife and I had gone there to live shortly after marrying.

On returning to Australia, I resumed my studies, completed a major in Dutch Language and Literature at Melbourne University and then transferred to La Trobe University where I studied through to a Master’s degree in philosophy. My studies and immersion in another culture and language, together with my C
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Gerard Charles Wilson The question immediately directed my mind to Jane Austen's novels. Her novels all focus on one relationship around which her social commentary turns.…moreThe question immediately directed my mind to Jane Austen's novels. Her novels all focus on one relationship around which her social commentary turns. All those relationships have their charm and social interest with the central interest being on the female. Because Austen's focus (understandably) is on the feelings and ponderings of the female, the male is usually drawn rather thinly. That's not to say the Austen's male characters are flat. It's just that they don't get much of a look-in. The entertainingly witty Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey is my favourite. His flirtatious teasing of Catherine Moreland is surprisingly modern - at least considered to the 1960s. But the Henry/Tilney/Catherine Moreland couple is not my favourite. My favourite couple not only in Jane Austen's novels but in all fiction is the Anne Elliot/Captain Frederick Wentworth coupling in Austen's final novel Persuasion. The reason is Anne Elliot's character. Anne Elliot draws out what is admirable in Frederick Wentworth. It is Anne's honesty and purity of feeling, her lack of guile, and her patience and understanding of the faults of others that eventually help Wentworth overcome the anger and frustration of having been rejected. Anne's constancy in her love of Wentworth reveals itself most poignantly in her declaring to Captain Harville in the story's denouement that 'the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one, you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.' I cannot help thinking that Jane Austen had in mind herself and her sister Cassandra. (less)
Gerard Charles Wilson I rarely have writer's block. If I have to pause in my writing it's because I have worn myself out with the intensity writing requires.
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Australian politics is full of well known figures that resemble characters from Jane Austen novels, notes Paul Brunton, emeritus curator of the State Library of NSW. Be they the “pompous, the stupid, the self-serving, the snobbish, the superficial and less often the sensible and altruistic”. It is Austen’s ability to create characters recognisable in contemporary … Continue reading Celebrating... Read more of this blog post »
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