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Jane Austen

Full Name: Jane Austen
Gender: Female
Hometown: Hampshire
Born: 1775-12-16
Died: 1817-07-18
Number of Works: 298
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) 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 cementing 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 until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

ISBN: 0679783261, 9780679783268
Keywords: prejudice, pride
Pages: 320
Published: 1813
  • Rating: 80%

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring betwee
ISBN: 0141439661, 9780141439662
Keywords: sensibility, sense
Pages: 409
Published: 1811
  • Rating: 80%

'The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!' Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's war
ISBN: 0141439580, 9780141439587
Keywords: emma
Pages: 396
Published: 1815
  • Rating: 80%

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arra
ISBN: 0192802631, 9780192802637
Keywords: persuasion
Pages: 308
Published: 1817
  • Rating: 80%

Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. Th
ISBN: 0141439807, 9780141439808
Keywords: park, mansfield
Pages: 507
Published: 1814
  • Rating: 80%

'We have all been more or less to blame ... every one of us, excepting Fanny' Taken from the poverty of her parents' home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny's uncle is abse
ISBN: 1593082649, 9781593082642
Keywords: abbey, northanger
Pages: 251
Published: 1803
  • Rating: 80%

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen's "Gothic parody". Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical tw
ISBN: 0140259449, 9780140259445
Keywords: austen, jane, novels, complete
Pages: 1344
Published: 1960
  • Rating: 100%

Collected together in one volume, The Complete Novels show the development of Austen as a writer and social commentator. From the early optimism and youthful energy of Northanger Abbey to the quiet and subtle art of Persuasion, this collection reveals the breadth of one of t
ISBN: 0486444074, 9780486444079
Keywords: susan, lady
Pages: 80
Published: 1871
  • Rating: 60%

Lady Susan is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best possible husband while maintaining a relationship with a married man. She subverts all the standards of the romantic novel: she has an active role, she's not only beautiful but intelligent and witty, and her suitors are significantl
ISBN: 0192840827, 9780192840820
Keywords: watsons, sanditon, susan, lady, abbey, northanger
Pages: 379
Published: 1818
  • Rating: 80%

Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains w
ISBN: 0140431020, 9780140431025
Keywords: sanditon, watsons, susan, lady
Pages: 224
Published: 2002
  • Rating: 80%

'She has poured forth her tender tale of love in vain, and exposed herself forever to the contempt of the whole world' These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social...