Jane Austen was born on 16 Dec. 1775, in Hampshire and George Austen, is her father. She was instilled reading habit at her very early age. As a child or young woman, she drowned herself in the literary world. She often read the works by Henry Fielding, Lawrence Sterne, Samuel Richardson, Fanny Burney; she was also much attracted by poets like Sir Walter Scott, William Cowper and her favourite, George Crabbe. Having well acquainted with the literary circle of the time, she had a good deal of passion for the writing. Although she has been charged for the limited boundary or merely domestic treatment in her most of novels, she has mastery over under four wall affairs. Unlike, other female novelists of the time, she chose a very peculiar part of human life as themes for her novel that could magnetize the readers spontaneously. No matter for what she has been criticised but the fact is, she is or will remain ever and ever in the matters of public discussion, will be the celebrated author.
Of her novels, the major novels are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816), Northanger Abbey and Persuasion published posthumously in 1818. Austen wrote most of the novels between the activities of family life and the last three Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion are known to have written in the busy family parlour at Chawton. For female authors, it was quite difficult to stand or to get published any work in the Victorian age. To give the considerable priority to female identity was against the trend of the age. However, after the little alterations in her works published her novels. The novels Elinor and Mariame as Sense and Sensibility and First Impression published as Pride and Prejudice. The Watsons Sanditon is her only unfinished novel.
Despite of the criticism that justifies her works or baffles over, get the public attention. Being a novelist of the lesser circumference or under four-wall novelist, she could bring the flood of readers. Therefore, with the wide readership, critics stay her or credited for her portrayal of a world where female characters have enough freedom to exercise their wits in male dominant society. Austen became an ideal literary figure for female authors. Sir Walter Scott often praised her works in the Quarterly Review in 1815. More remarkable, she became a cult just after the publication of J.E. Austen Leigh’s memoir in 1870.
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