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

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February 2018 Revisit Poll

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1961, 277 pages, Last Read November 2010
 
  56 votes, 14.0%

Persuasion by Jane Austen, 1817, 249 pages, Last Read August 2015
 
  47 votes, 11.7%

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848, 542 pages, Last Read April 2015
 
  38 votes, 9.5%

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 1726, 306 pages, Last Read September 2013
 
  35 votes, 8.7%

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 1923, 194 pages, Last Read March 2015
 
  35 votes, 8.7%

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1922, 422 pages, Last Read January 2014
 
  34 votes, 8.5%

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 1989, 258 pages, Last Read January 2017
 
  32 votes, 8.0%

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943, 496 pages, Last Read May 2013
 
  26 votes, 6.5%

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  25 votes, 6.2%

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  22 votes, 5.5%

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 1930, 213 pages, Last Read March 2012
 
  18 votes, 4.5%

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847, 867 pages, Last Read October 2011
 
  18 votes, 4.5%

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, 1596, 237 pages, Last Read September 2016
 
  15 votes, 3.7%

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