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The author of the book: Jane Austen
Edition: Modern Library
Date of issue: September 5th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780679600268
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 14.81 MB
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I've been wanting to read Jane Austen for a few years now, partly because I want to have some knowledge of her books when I finally get around to watching The Jane Austen Book Club, and partly out of curiosity. The only movie adaptation that I've ever seen is Emma (which I LOVE!).
It took me a good third to half of the first novel (Sense and Sensibility) to get into the book. The language is so quaint that it slowed me down quite a bit at first. Quaintness aside, I did - once I acclimated to the flow of the language - enjoy the stories immensely. It's obvious that Austen had a keen eye for the absurdity of Victorian society and an even keener wit, and - despite the language and the settings being dated - the plots themselves are not. Yes, they're all love stories at heart. Will the bright, misfit girl get the rich, handsome man (or the moral, reserved one)? Of course she will! But even more than being your typical boy meets girl story, these novels are about families and the many ways that they can either lift us up or hold us back - often at the same time!
Out of these first three novels, I have to admit that Mansfield Park was my favorite. Maybe it's only because I read it last and, therefore, it is freshest in my mind, but I really felt for Fanny and despaired of things ever turning out well for her and Edmund. I also enjoyed Pride and Prejudice more than Sense and Sensibility, partly because I struggled through most of the first novel, perhaps, but I doubt it. While I liked the Miss Dashwoods well enough, I really couldn't have cared less about the romance aspect of that one.
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Read information about the authorJane 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 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 (1815), 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.