Lady Susan

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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) 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, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained 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 ...
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Overview

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) 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, biting irony and social commentary as well as her acclaimed plots have gained 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. From her teenage years into her thirties she experimented with various literary forms, including an epistolary novel which she then abandoned, wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809596263
  • Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English author whose novels of manners captured, with an early realism, the social forces of the day. Acknowledged as a master of the form, her novels, including Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice, are still widely admired today.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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    FadingStar leaps on a Rock, looking a bit sad but determined. "Clan Meeting! Crimsonstar has not been seen in over a week, and as Deputy of PathClan, I have taken the trip to the Moon Pool and received my Nine Lives. If Crimsonstar returns, I will give him back Leadership, but until that should happen, I want to lay down a few Rules for the betterment of this Clan. Firstly, this Clan was founded under the idea of a Realistic, Drama-free Clan that any Cat could join without being Ignored. To enforce this, from now on, no Cat is allowed to RolePlay him/herself being attacked or injured. There will be no Mate-begging or squabbling amongst Members. Any of these things will be Ignored. However, other than Cats doing one of those three things, all are to be Welcomed and never Ignored. PathClan will be completely Power-free, and Cats only can be Members. Within a week I will choose a Deputy to help me lead. Please do not nominate yourself for the Position. I will choose based on Activeness, Helpfulness, and a general tendency to follow the Ideals PathClan was founded on. We also need a Medicine Cat. I do expect our Warriors to help Advertise for this Clan. We especially need Warriors and Apprentices." FadingStar pauses, then meows, "Clan Dismissed."

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Wonderfully Fascinating

    I just discovered this Austen work and I loved it! It kept me guessing until the very end, however it did not take long to realize what a horrific person Lady Susan was.

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