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Jane Austen

Birthdate: 16. December 1775
Date of death: 18. July 1817
Other names: Jane Austenová

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.

With the publications of Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice , Mansfield Park and Emma , she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. Her novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her little fame during her lifetime.

A significant transition in her posthumous reputation occurred in 1833, when her novels were republished in Richard Bentley's Standard Novels series, illustrated by Ferdinand Pickering, and sold as a set. They gradually gained wider acclaim and popular readership. In 1869, fifty-two years after her death, her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced a compelling version of her writing career and supposedly uneventful life to an eager audience.

Austen has inspired a large number of critical essays and literary anthologies. Her novels have inspired many films, from 1940's Pride and Prejudice to more recent productions like Sense and Sensibility and Love & Friendship .

Jane Austen's use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her great and historical importance to critics and scholars.

Photo: Cassandra Austen (1773–1845) / Public domain

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„It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.“

—  Jane Austen, book Sense and Sensibility

Variant: It is not what we think or feel that makes us who we are. It is what we do. Or fail to do...
Source: Sense and Sensibility

„You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope… I have loved none but you.“

—  Jane Austen, book Persuasion

Variant: You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.
Source: Persuasion

Citát „When I fall in love, it will be forever.“

„When I fall in love, it will be forever.“

—  Jane Austen

Source: Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay

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„The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!“

—  Jane Austen, book Sense and Sensibility

Variant: Mama, the more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
Source: Sense and Sensibility

„I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.“

—  Jane Austen

Letter to Cassandra (1798-12-24) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
Letters
Source: Jane Austen's Letters

„In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.“

—  Jane Austen

Variant: In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will no longer be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Source: Pride And Prejudice

„It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.“

—  Jane Austen, book Pride and Prejudice

Variant: It's a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Source: Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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