Monday, June 20, 2011
Who Is...Jane Austen?
Author of: Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, and several other novels, short stories, and works of juvenile fiction.
Important because: Austen's works, although not popular in her day, were the first signs of transition in popular writing from pure emotion-based "nonsense" to the realism of the 19th century (she was born in 1775 and died in 1817). She critiqued the society of the gentry, highlighting women's dependence on marriage (and therefore men) to survive.
Important to me because: Pride & Prejudice was my first "romance" novel (need I say more? You never forget your first!); over time, I've read Austen's other well-known pieces and what has always struck me is the strength of character that many of the women have. I love strong, witty women in writing!