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Jane Austen

(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817 / Hampshire, England)

Jane Austen
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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary has gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this ... more »

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  • What fine weather this is! Not very becoming perhaps early in
    the morning, but very pleasant out of doors at noon, and very
    wholesome—at least everybody fancies so, and imagination ...
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, November 17, 1798, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952)....
  • The work is rather too light, bright, and sparkling; it wants
    shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long
    chapter of sense, if it could be had; if not of solemn specio...
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, February 4, 1813, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952). ...
  • Do not be in a hurry; depend upon it, the right Man will come
    at last; you will in the course of the next two or three years,
    meet with somebody more generally unexceptional than anyone ...
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, March 13, 1817, to her niece, Fanny Knight. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952).
  • ''You are now collecting your People delightfully, getting them
    exactly into such as spot as is the delight of my life; M3 or 4
    Families in a Country Village is the very thing to work on.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, September 9, 1814, to her niece, Anna Austen. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952)...
  • ''Nothing is to be compared to the misery of being bound
    without Love, bound to one, & preferring another. That is a
    Punishment which you do not deserve.''
    Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, November 30, 1814, to her niece, Fanny Knight. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952...
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