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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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  Jane Austen was born on December 16 1775 at Steventon Hampshire England. Her family consisted of one sister and six brothers. Along with her mother, Austen and her Sister Cassandra, who is also known her lifelong companion, moved to cottage at Chawton. Similar to many of the women in her era, she did not have a formal education, Although she holds high praises as a critical thinker through her avid reading. Between the years of 1785 and 1976 she admits herself into Bershire as well as the Reading Ladies boarding school in the Abbey gatehouse in Reading. It was during her teenage years where she began releasing comic pieces and parodies that captivate audiences of all

types. A long list of famous writers are known to have outlive their lives experiencing adventurous travels. Austen's life was quite conservative and uneventful. She never had any children, and never took anyone's hand in marriage, although she once accepted an offer, but later had a change of mind the following day. She felt that by taking that step, she would then lose the role of being a dependent. This is somewhat ironic, because a majority of her novels consist of characters that leave their homes and do very well in the outdoor world. Austen was often ill and lived much of her life in seclusion. Specialists believe she may have been suffering from Addison's disease. She died in Winchester on July 8, 1817 and was buried at the city's famous cathedral. Austen published four novels anonymously during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815). Two novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published posthumously in 1817. Her novels focus on courtship and marriage and remain prominent for Austen's depiction of English of society and the manners of the era. Highly acknowledged after her death, her writings prove without a doubt that she is the most noted and influential novelist of her time.

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This wonderful epic was published early 1813.  A delightful mix of irony, humor, and... of course... romance, this is one of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Jane Austen described this novel 'her own darling child', in a letter to her sister Cassandra, that was 'too light and bright and sparkling; it wants shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter -- of sense if it could be had; if not, of solemn specious nonsense -- about something unconnected with the story; an essay on writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonadparte, or anything that would for a contrast, and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and epigrammatism of the general style.'