Jane Austen


Born
in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England
December 16, 1775

Died
July 18, 1817

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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 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,
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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Polls

May 2016 Revisit the Shelf Reread

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, 311 pages, 1985
 
  41 votes, 17.7%

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages, 1960
 
  40 votes, 17.2%

Emma by Jane Austen, 474 pages, 1815
 
  22 votes, 9.5%

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages, 1980
 
  20 votes, 8.6%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  20 votes, 8.6%

 
  18 votes, 7.8%

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 320 pages, 1719
 
  17 votes, 7.3%

 
  16 votes, 6.9%

The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages, 1899
 
  14 votes, 6.0%

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages, 1878
 
  10 votes, 4.3%

 
  9 votes, 3.9%

 
  5 votes, 2.2%

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