Everest, 10A01, Literature (Women in Lit)

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction has earned her place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English Literature.

From 1811- 1816, she has experimented with various literary forms, and released several novels namely, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion and Sanditon which she died before completing it.

Jane Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the eighteen century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependance of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security.

In her lifetime, her works brought little personal fame and only a few positive reviews. However, through the mid nineteenth century her novels were admired by mainly members of the literary elite. Through the publication of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen on 1869 introduced her to a far wider public as an appealing personality and kindled popular interest in her works. Over the recent years, Austen's works has developed a culture among the people and also saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship which explored many aspects of her novels; artistic, ideological and historical.

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