Author: Jane Austen

Emma

Jane Austens Emma (1815) explores the life of women in Regency England, combining romance with some aspects of the comedy of manners. The story centers around the eponymous character who, unlike Austens other popular heroines, is an upper middle-class young woman with no pecuniary concerns. Emma Woodhouse is rather a strong-headed, beautiful young woman who […]

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, […]

Persuasion

Eight years ago, Anne Elliot fell in love with poor but ambitious naval officer Captain Frederick Wentworth — a choice which Anne’s family was dissatisfied with. Lady Russell, friend and mentor to Anne, persuaded the younger woman to break off the match; now, on the verge of spinsterhood, Anne re-encounters Frederick Wentworth as he courts […]

The Watsons

“The Watsons” is a delightful fragment, whose spirited heroine Emma Watson finds her marriage opportunities limited by poverty and pride. Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist. Her novels were all written and set around Regency Era. The theme of her stories centered upon the limited provincial world in which she lived for the first […]

Some Letters, and Other Scraps

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose realism, biting social commentary and masterful use of free indirect speech, burlesque, and irony have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. Austen lived her entire life as part of a small and close-knit family located […]

Sense and Sensibility

The Dashwood sisters appear to be deserted by the young men they had intended to marry, and the stage is set for an entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that offers us a splendid glimpse of upper and middle-class English society of the early 19th century. Elinor and Marianne could not be more starkly different, […]

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen’s first novel, Northanger Abbey—published posthumously in 1818—tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen’s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths […]

Mansfield Park

At the age of ten, a penniless young woman named Fanny Price is given up by her poor relations in Portsmouth and is whisked to the opulent home of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram in Mansfield Park, which is nestled in Northampton county. Peppered with wealth and pomp though it is, Mansfield Park also brims […]

Love and Freindship

Although Jane Austen is best known for novels such as Pride and Prejudice that deal with romantic entanglements and class conflicts, she was also a skilled essayist and humor writer. In “Love and Freindship” (sic), Austen sends up the epistolary novels that were popular in her day, as well as skewering some of the satire-worthy […]

Lesley Castle: An Unfinished Novel in Letters

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose realism, biting social commentary and masterful use of free indirect speech, burlesque, and irony have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. Austen lived her entire life as part of a small and close-knit family located […]

Lady Susan

“Lady Susan” is an epistolary novel by Jane Austen. This novel describes the schemes of the main character, the widowed Lady Susan, as she seeks a new husband for herself, and one for her daughter. Although the theme, together with the focus on character study and moral issues, is close to Austen’s published work, its […]

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