I have been looking into a London address ‘Upper Seymour Street.’ This street no longer exists but it is mentioned in Jane Austen’s ‘Lady Anna’
Once there were two Upper Seymour Streets. One is now Evershot Road and leads to Camden High Street. The other Upper Seymour Street led off Portland Square - just above Oxford Street. Which address did Jane Austen refer too? I suspect the more select Portland Square location - my reason being that a nearby Street is mentioned in ‘Pride and Predjudice’ Are there an Austenites who would know?
I read through ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in the mistaken impression that Upper Seymour Street had been mentioned in this novel; a book I had not read previously.
I have been re-doing a novel I wrote many years ago and had been putting it on the ‘Internet’. It was a few days later, when Jane Austen had been put back on the shelf, that I realised, with a shock, that I had used the same plot and had come to the same resolution. My sources had come from a totally different field and my confidence went.
I had also been watching ‘Dombey and Son’ and began reading the novel. The bookl gave me an idea of changes to the chapter I had been working on. But now I could not look at my writing.
Was it Jane Austen or Charles Dickens that caused my confidence to vanish?
Or is this a warning not to read classics whilst writing?
(This is just a try as I have made earlier attempts to submit a ‘blog’ and failed to do so)