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 (ô′stən), Jane 1775-1817.
British writer who is noted for her penetrating observation of middle-class manners and morality and her irony, wit, and meticulous style. Her novels include Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1816).

Aus′ten·esque′ adj.


(ˈɒstɪn; ˈɔː-)
(Biography) Jane. 1775–1817, English novelist, noted particularly for the insight and delicate irony of her portrayal of middle-class families. Her completed novels are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816), Northanger Abbey (1818), and Persuasion (1818)


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Jane, 1775–1817, English novelist.
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Still, on the whole, I'd rather live without them than without Jane Austen.
You cannot be at perfect ease with a friend who does not joke, and I suppose this is what deprived me of a final satisfaction in the company of Anthony Trollope, who jokes heavily or not at all, and whom I should otherwise make bold to declare the greatest of English novelists; as it is, I must put before him Jane Austen, whose books, late in life, have been a youthful rapture with me.
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For the texts of her prayers and helpful endnotes, see "Prayers," in Jane Austen, Catherine and Other Writings, ed.
Divided into two volumes for quicker reference and handling, these are far more than just brief listings: from clothing to dance and its importance in social functions and courtship, ALL THINGS AUSTEN is packed with period references.
Instead, she focuses on various periods in her life and presents a portrait of Austen that is at once illuminating and elusive.
It is no surprise that when approached to take on Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, a novel many considered impossible to transfer to the screen, Rozema chose to incorporate Austen's letters and early journals, and turn Fanny Price into Jane Austen herself, a clever and irreverent writer.
Austen was among others of her century's novelists who made marriage the central idea of their work.
Beginning with a useful reconstruction of Austen's own theatergoing experience and continuing through the Austen family's own recorded experience with amateur holiday theatrical productions, Gay constructs a convincing case for an author steeped in the dramatic literature, conventions, and performances of her age.
A STAPLE of my English Literature A Level, I have many fond and many furious memories of one Miss Jane Austen - one of Britain's most brilliant novelists.