Thursday, July 26, 2007
Jane Austen (1775-1815)
If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory.
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Jane Austen was a prominent English novelist. She stands as a model of the writer whose apparently sheltered life did nothing to reduce the stature and drama of her fiction. Her first novel (pub. posth.), Northanger Abbey, pokes fun at the Gothic novels of Ann Radcliffe. Austen is most famous, however, for her later works, which took the form of socially conscious comedies of errors. These, especially Emma, are often cited for their perfection of form, while modern critics continue to unearth new perspectives on Austen's keen commentary on the predicament of young, unmarried, upper-class English women in the early 1800s. The order in which she began and completed her novels is different from that of publication. Her novels were fairly well received when they were published, with Sir Walter Scott, in particular, praising her work. Her reputation has only increased since, and she is now considered one of the greatest English novelists. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Jane Austen.]
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