Jane Austen

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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

Jan. 2016 Revisit the Shelf -- Group Reread

1969, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 215 pages
 
  26 votes, 17.4%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  22 votes, 14.8%

 
  20 votes, 13.4%

1985, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, 311 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.1%

1814, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.1%

 
  13 votes, 8.7%

 
  11 votes, 7.4%

1953, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 227 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.4%

1951, The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, 560 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.7%

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