“And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the landed gentry have gained her a place as one of the most widely read and best loved writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony, and social commentary, as well as her acclaimed plots, have earned her historical importance among scholars, critics, and readers. Today, 241 years after her birth, Austen’s life and work continue to attract enormous world-wide interest.
During her lifetime, Jane Austen had four novels published: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Two others, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously. She also wrote one work of short fiction, Lady Susan, as well as two unfinished works, The Watsons and Sanditon, and she has three collections of juvenilia. Despite her relatively small body of work, hundreds of derivative works have been published based on her six main novels, in addition to various movies and television miniseries.
In honor of Jane’s birthday, why not check out a book or movie that celebrates her life or her work?