Jane Austen


Born
in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England
December 16, 1775

Died
July 18, 1817

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Fanny Burney, Mary Brunton, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Richardson


Jane Austen 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 and biting social commentary cementing 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 until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms,
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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 273 pages, 1818
 
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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages, 1814
 
  21 votes, 12.8%

 
  18 votes, 11.0%

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1859
 
  14 votes, 8.5%

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 192 pages, 1962
 
  13 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 6.7%

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages, 1862
 
  9 votes, 5.5%

 
  8 votes, 4.9%

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, 560 pages, 1951
 
  6 votes, 3.7%

 
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  4 votes, 2.4%

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