Jane Austen's elegant novel of family, society and manners
Jane Austen was born in 1775 in rural Hampshire, the daughter of an affluent village rector who encouraged her in her artistic pursuits. In novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma she developed her subtle analysis of contemporary life through depictions of the middle classes in small towns. Her sharp wit and incisive portraits of ordinary people have given her novels enduring popularity. She died in 1817.
Austen's genius lies in her style and elegance of mind -- Amanda
Craig * Independent *
Austen's oeuvre is inviolable - it can never be unwritten -- Francesca Segal * The Guardian *