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.
A chef d'oeuvre of that kind of quiet evolution of character through circumstance, introduced into English literature by Miss Austen
, and carried to perfection in France by George Sand (who is more to the point, because, like Mrs.
Lady Austen, a widow, took a house near Cowper and Mrs.
It was Lady Austen, too, who urged Cowper to his greatest work, The Task.
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.
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.