It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you’re awesome.

How do I know? Because you’re here, reading my about page.

Which means you and I probably have something in common. Is it reading classic literature? Binging period dramas? Obsessing over Mr. Darcy?

Whatever the case, I’m glad you’re here, hanging out!

If you love:

  • learning fun facts about history
  • understanding the world of classic literature
  • gaining new insights into your favorite period dramas

Then you’re definitely in the right place! Because learning about history and literature is what we do here. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date on all the bookish goodness!

Ellie Dashwood: Classic Literature & History Channel Trailer

“The WHY”

Why Study Literature & History?

“My hair was at least tidy, which was all my ambition.”
– Jane Austen, Her Letters, November 20, 1800

We all have our ambitions in life. Mine is to help people understand classic literature and history. Why? Because it’s important.

Now, what’s so important about understanding the Regency world of Elizabeth and Darcy? After all, isn’t Pride and Prejudice just about scenic country walks and having impeccable manners? What’s so consequential about that?

Well, of course, no one can underestimate the value of a good country walk. However, understanding the Regency and Victorian world gives us so much more. It provides us insight into our own society and ourselves as individuals.

The 19th-century that Austen, Gaskell, and the Brontës lived in can feel very unfamiliar to us. They had different manners, customs, and fashions.

But still, they were very much the same as us too. Many of the ideas that dominate our cultures today were dramatically molded in those eras. Modern western society comes from the ballroom of Georgians and the cotton factory of the Victorians.

So to truly understand ourselves now, we need to grasp how they lived and thought back then.

And to do that, we need classic literature and history.

And that’s why I do what I do. I want to help people bridge that gap between now and then. So we can understand how we came to be as a society. And how that society has affected how we think and believe as individuals.

And so we can also feel less confused while watching period dramas. <3

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What is your educational background?

I went to college for English and Communication. I talk more about that experience in my video “Is it okay to like Pride and Prejudice 2005?”

Are you an English teacher?

Not currently. I did teach English as a Foreign Language for a while though. 

What are the names of your cats?

Remus (a crabby elderly gentleman cat who makes frequent appearances in my videos), Romulus (an extra large and diabetic cat) and Katai (the baby princess of the universe).

What is your favorite Jane Austen book?

All of them! Seriously, I can’t just pick one.

You’ve spoken about being American Indian. What tribe are you?

I’m citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

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