Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817 / Hampshire, England)
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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- Happy the Lab'rer
- I've a Pain in my Head
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- Mock Panegyric on a Young Friend
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- Ode to Pity
- Of A Ministry Pitiful, Angry, Mean
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What fine weather this is! Not very becoming perhaps early inJane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, November 17, 1798, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952)....
the morning, but very pleasant out of doors at noon, and very
wholesomeat least everybody fancies so, and imagination ...
The work is rather too light, bright, and sparkling; it wantsJane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, February 4, 1813, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952). ...
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...
Do not be in a hurry; depend upon it, the right Man will comeJane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, March 13, 1817, to her niece, Fanny Knight. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952).
at last; you will in the course of the next two or three years,
meet with somebody more generally unexceptional than anyone ...
''You are now collecting your People delightfully, getting themJane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, September 9, 1814, to her niece, Anna Austen. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952)...
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.''