Posted on November 24, 2022 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those of you who love the work of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters have a few more historical figures to thank for their novels.

Jane and Anna Maria Porter, while much less widely known nowadays, were Britain's best-known and bestselling female authors in the early 1800s.

The Porter sisters are, arguably, the inventors of the modern historical novel, but certainly the ones who popularized the genre.

But while they received some acclaim in their lifetime, they also lived to see other writers take inspiration from them ... and refuse to acknowledge it as their own stars rose.

Read more about the Porter sisters in Smithsonian magazine, which published a piece from Devoney Looser's Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës.

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