Julia Barrett (pseudonym for Julia Braun Kessler) is the author of two other continuations to great novels of Jane Austen, as well as a completion of her last effort. They include: Presumption: An Entertainment, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, The Third Sister, a continuation of Sense and Sensibility, and Jane Austen’s Charlotte: A Fragment of Her Last Novel, Completed.
As a novelist, she has addressed herself to picking up Austen’s wonderful creations –– people so lively and vivid –– to see if she could prolong our encounter with them and increase our pleasure –– while keeping to the author’s themes, speaking her language, and holding true to her marvelous wit.
Under her own name, Julia Braun Kessler’s first book was Getting Even With Getting Old, a study of aging in different cultures. Her career in writing, editing, and journalism includes contributions to prominent national magazines and newspapers. She served as features editor for Seventeen magazine, research editor for Encyclopedia Americana, and publications director at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She also taught Humanities courses at UCLA.
Mary Crawford in converse with her sister Mrs. Grant, upon their views of the married state.