Pride & Prejudice: Original Story, important analysis and biography of Jane Austen (Paperback)
Despite little recognition of her importance and quality in her lifetime (in fact, it wasn't even known that she was the author of her novels until after he death so strong was the prejudice against women writers) Austen's work has undoubtedly, stood the test of time. In fact her novels seem as fresh, relevant and true as they were in the early 19th century when they were written. Two hundred years after the first publication of, arguably her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice might be a good time to look at her heritage and evaluate her impact on current artistic and social mores. Born into the large family of a country clergyman there was little remarkable about Jane's upbringing, though she was well-educated and encouraged to read and be creative. What she must have been doing that was remarkable, especially for the time, was observing and developing a healthy cynicism about the social structure and manners of the age - and deciding quite early in her life that is deserved only parody and mocking, however gentle and subtly delivered. While Jane's family would have been quite low on the social scale the fact her father was a clergyman would have opened some doors to the family that might otherwise have been firmly closed on them. This gave Jane the opportunity to experience first-hand how the social interactions of the day worked in practice and to watch, albeit from a distance perhaps, the effects and characteristics it produced, especially in the young people. Jane Austen continued to write what might almost be seen as observational comedy today through her own illness to her untimely death at 42. Social sensibilities - and necessity - meant that she could never be overt in her criticism or parody. She was too close to the subjects and too dependent on the goodwill of others to be able to be openly critical. But it is the subtle nuances of her social comment that really stand her apart. She doesn't indulge in Dickens' caricatures or Wilde's exaggerated manners. It.
About the Author
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) 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, biting irony and social commentary have gained 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 into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth.From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it. Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism.[C] Her plots, though fundamentally comic,  highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture