Jane Austen

Author of Pride and Prejudice and 60+ Books

Jane Austen


Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place in English literature as one of the most widely read writers, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. She was primarily educated by her father and older brothers and by reading her own. Her family's steadfast support as a professional writer was critical to her develo... pment. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted until she was about 35 years old from her teenage years. She experimented with different literary forms during this period, including the epistolary novel that she then tried to abandon, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and started a fourth. From 1811 to 1816, she achieved success as a published writer with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815). She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually called Sanditon but died before it was completed.Austens' works criticize the sensitivity novels of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to realism of the 19th century. Although fundamentally comic, her plots highlight women's dependence on marriage in order to secure social status and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews throughout her life, but Jane Austen's 1869 publication of her nephews A Memoir introduced her to a wider audience, and by the 1940s she was widely accepted as a great English writer in academia. A proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture were seen in the second half of the 20th century.READ MORE

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Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.

Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.

It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves.

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.

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