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  Jane Austen - MSN Encarta
Austen recognized that real people are flawed in significant ways, and so she did not permit the characters in her romances to drift too far from life.
Austen’s second important period of writing lasted from 1811 to 1816, when her works first received public recognition and she deepened her mastery of her subjects and form.
Austen has been praised for her presentation of the complex relations between the members of the families, but as in Sense and Sensibility, she frustrates the expectations of her readers that the hero and heroine be vital, attractive characters.
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  Jane Austen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1775, Jane Austen was born at the rectory in Steventon, Hampshire, one of two daughters of the Rev.
In 1801 the family moved to the socially esteemed spa city of Bath, which provides the setting for many of her novels, though Jane Austen, like her character Anne Elliot, seems to have "persisted in a disinclination for Bath", although her dislike may have been influenced by the family's precarious financial situation in that city.
Austen's literary strength lies in the delineation of character, especially of women, by delicate touches arising out of the most natural and everyday incidents in the life of the middle and upper classes, from which her subjects are generally taken.
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 Jane Austen biography
Jane Austen was a major English novelist, whose brilliantly witty, elegantly structured satirical fiction marks the transition in English literature from 18th century neo-classicism to 19th century romanticism.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December, 1775, at the rectory in the village of Steventon, near Basingstoke, in Hampshire.
Jane Austen died 18 July 1817 at Winchester and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.
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 Jane Austen Biography
Jane Austen acquired a good knowledge of the literature and culture that were thought valuable at the time, she had a modest talent for music, and she loved dancing.
Austen's way of life was represented by many writers--and Austen would be prominent among them--as the proper sphere of woman, as repository and reproducer of the "national" culture, not in the sense of high culture but as the moral and ethical practices in local, daily existence that together constituted the nation, especially the political nation.
Austen may have been sequestered in a small village and a household of women, but she was well aware of contemporary political and social thinking and would have realized that her life at Chawton in fact resembled the emergent ideal of romantic femininity, rooted in the "domestic affections" and the source of the national character.
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 Jane Austen
Jane Austen was mostly tutored at home, and irregularly at school, but she received a broader education than many women of her time.
Jane Austen was well connected with the middling-rich landed gentry that she portrayed in her novels.
Jane Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral, near the centre of the north aisle.
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 Jane Austen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Jane Austen, whose name itself has become a totem of civility, manners, and etiquette, received little public recognition in her lifetime.
Austen wrote of the genteel society she knew in these places, of what we would now call the upper middle class -- those with some land and some money, generally without titles, and always with the pressure of navigating the treacherous waters of social codes and expectations.
Austen, the great narrator of courtship and marriage, never married, and she died among her family in Winchester at the age of 42.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/masterpiece/wives/writers/austen.html   (374 words)

 Jane Austen Centre Bath UK England
The Jane Austen Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath is a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing.
Jane Austen is perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath's many famous residents and visitors.
The city is still very much as Jane Austen knew it, preserving in its streets, public buildings and townscapes the elegant well-ordered world that she portrays so brilliantly in her novels.
www.janeausten.co.uk   (246 words)

 Austen's power: Jane addiction sweeps theaters, bookstores - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Jane Austen (1775-1817) would have lots of dinner dates, were she still alive.
Austen is often cited as the mother of contemporary chick lit, starting in 1996 with Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary.
Darcy by Alexandra Potter and Austenland by Shannon Hale illustrate the timeless and universal appeal of Jane Austen.
www.usatoday.com /life/books/news/2007-08-01-austen-frenzy_N.htm?csp=34   (1487 words)

 Jane Austen (biography, history, quotes)
Jane Austen is the English novelist generally credited with first giving the novel its modern character through her treatment of the details of everyday life in provincial English middle-class society.
Jane Austen's best-known work, Pride and Prejudice, was written in 1797-98, although not published until 1813, two years after the publication of Sense and Sensibility.
Austen depicted with a sympathetic imagination the lives of minor landed gentry, country clergymen, and families in various economic circumstances struggling to maintain or enhance their social position.
www.classical-literature.com /a/jane-austen.html   (560 words)

 Austen, Jane - Biography and Online Books
Austen never married, but her social life was active and she had suitors and romantic dreams.
Austen was well connected with the middling-rich landed gentry that she portrayed in her novels.
Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral, near the centre of the north aisle.
www.literaturepost.com /authors/Austen.html   (1478 words)

 Jane "Persuasion" Austen
Jane Austen was born 16 December 1775 at Steventon Parish, Hampshire, England.
Jane was devoted to her older sister, Cassandra-Elizabeth, and eventually wrote enough letters to her to choke a horse.
Jane was not surprised or disappointed; she'd only sent it in because her entire family was telling her to.
www.incompetech.com /authors/austen   (1554 words)

 Jane Austen
Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was a rector.
Austen never married, but her social life was active.
Austen's heroines are determined to marry wisely and well, but romantic Marianne is a character who feels intensely about everything and loses her heart to an irresponsible seducer.
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 Jane Austen Centre   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Jane Austen Centre is a new permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing.
Jane Austen is perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath's many famous residents and visitors.
The city is still very much as Jane Austen knew it, preserving in its streets, public buildings and townscapes the elegant well-ordered world that she portrays so brilliantly in her novels.
www.janeausten.co.uk /centre/index.html   (213 words)

 The Works of Jane Austen
Mansfield Park, is Jane Austen's most complex novel and deals with many different themes, from the education of children, to the differences between appearances and reality.
Emma was written in 1814-1815, and while Jane Austen was writing it, it was suggested to her by a member of the Prince Regents' household that she dedicate it to His Royal Highness.
Austen took the suggestion as it was intended--as a command--and Emma was thus dedicated, but the dedication itself is rather slyly worded.
www.austen.com /novels.htm   (594 words)

 Gale - Free Resources - Women's History - Biographies - Jane Austen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Jane Austen was born in 1775 at Steventon, in the south of England, where her father was rector of the parish.
After the Reverend Austen's death in 1805, the three women moved to Southampton and in 1809 to the village of Chawton, where Jane Austen lived for the rest of her life.
Austen's satirical treatment of social pretensions and worldly motives is perhaps at its keenest in this novel, especially in her presentation of Anne's family.
www.gale.com /free_resources/whm/bio/austen_j.htm   (1782 words)

 Jane Austen - Biography and Works
Jane had started writing at an early age and her family were highly supportive, though as was done at the time her works were published anonymously.
Born on 16 December, 1775 Jane Austen was the daughter of Cassandra (née Leigh) (1739—1827) and the reverend George Austen (1731—1805).
Adjusting to the ensuing financial difficulties, Jane, Cassandra and their mother then moved to Southampton for a time before settling in a cottage on the estate of Edward Austen in the village of Chawton, Hampshire in 1809, which is now a museum.
www.online-literature.com /austen   (1361 words)

 The Jane Austen Society of North America - About Jane Austen
Jane Austen, one of England's foremost novelists, was never publicly acknowledged as a writer during her lifetime.
In 1803 Austen sold "Susan" for £10 to a publisher, who promised early publication, but the manuscript languished in his archives until it was repurchased a year before Austen's death for the price the publisher had paid her.
Austen's novels have never been out of print and are often included on lists of readers' favorites.
www.jasna.org /info/about_austen.html   (874 words)

 BBC - History - Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Jane Austen famously stated that 'three or four families in a country village is the thing to work on,' and she remained steadfast in applying this trustworthy formula.
The great strength of her novels is the social observations they contain: Austen employed a strong sense of irony in her critique of aristocratic disaffection and the pretensions of the nouveau riche.
With her career in full swing Austen was tragically diagnosed with Addisons disease and she died in 1817.
www.bbc.co.uk /history/historic_figures/austen_jane.shtml   (271 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | Authors | Austen, Jane
Letters To Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen, by Fay Weldon, is written to a reluctant teenager forced (as we all are) to read Austen at school, is passionate and insightful.
Zoë Heller celebrates the teenage Austen, whose stories and sketches provide an illuminating glimpse of the humour, morality and social comment she would later develop in her novels.
Jane Austen may have used theatricality as a metaphor for deceit, but according to new books from Paula Byrne and Penny Gay it would be wrong to assume that she disapproved of the theatre
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 Jane Austen Sanditon
At her death, Jane Austen left behind part of a novel set in Sanditon, a town in Sussex, that began to tell the story of Charlotte Heywood, who comes to town as a guest of the Parkers, one of Sanditon`s grand families--a family that includes the das Copyr
When Jane Austen died in 1817, she left behind the beginnings of a novel that she had entitled Sanditon.
Jane Austen's minor unfinished novel, SANDITON, is worth reading for its satirical look at pomposity, hypocrisy, and the intrica Copyright (C) Muze Inc. 2005.
www.janeaustenpages.com /jane-austen-sanditon.htm   (216 words)

 Literary Encyclopedia: Jane Austen
Austen has also been particularly valued in recent years by feminist critics who have appreciated the high intelligence of her heroines and of her discriminating writing.
Jane Austen was the seventh child and second daughter of Cassandra Leigh Austen (1739-1827), who had distant connections to a duke and was related to Lord Leigh of Stoneleigh Abbey, the largest landowner in Warwickshire.
Austen’s father was the Reverend George Austen (1731-1805), rector of the modest parish of Steventon in Hampshire.
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 Jane Austen Novels
In this Jane Austen–inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern LA girl wakes up as an Englishwoman in Austen’s time.
After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom, or even in her own body....
Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel (Unabridged)
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 The Jane Austen Society of North America
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.
Its members, who are of all ages and from diverse walks of life, share an enjoyment of Austen's fiction and the company of like-minded readers.
Membership in JASNA is open to everyone who shares an interest in Jane Austen.
www.jasna.org   (151 words)

Jane Austen's Family of Fiction: From Henry and Eliza to Darcy and Eliza by Joseph Wiesenfarth.
Jane Austen in Vienna: Some Reflections on a Curious Socio-Historical Application of Her Two Illustrious Antinomies by Rene Goldman.
The Felicities of Rapid Motion: Jane Austen in the Ballroom by Allison Thompson.
www.literaryhistory.com /19thC/AUSTEN.htm   (2951 words)

 Finding Passion in Jane Austen - TIME
Jane Austen, who recorded the last gorgeous gasp of pre-industrial England, has herself become a thriving, throbbing industry.
She was born in 1775 in Hampshire, England, the seventh of a country clergyman's eight children.
But there she is onscreen in Becoming Jane, vital and vivacious, although Anne Hathaway, with her broad mouth and her un-pin-uppably wavy hair, doesn't much resemble the one authenticated image we have of Austen, a sketchy portrait by her sister Cassandra that now hangs in the U.K.'s National Portrait Gallery.
www.time.com /time/arts/article/0,8599,1649788,00.html?xid=rss-arts   (752 words)

 Calendars for Jane Austen's Novels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
There have been numerous articles by Austen scholars arguing that a particular novel is set in a particular year and what we may infer from this.
When you discover this, you can see the different goals Austen had for each novel, and geologize into the early history of the revisions, and the ways in which she uses omniscient, epistolary, and psychological narrative.
Austen will use the position of the sun in the sky at a given time, on a given day in a specific year as part of her setting.
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