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Title: Jane Austen

Jane Austen
  • An everyday lifes narrator, a great observer of
    the country world

Autobiographical features
  • Jane Austen was born on 16th December 1775 in
    Steventon, the seventh child of Reverend George
    Austen and his wife Cassandra.
  • At the age of eight Jane was sent to school with
    her sister Cassandra. Her education mainly
    consisted of French, music and dancing.
  • After coming back home the two of them got used
    to spending their time in reading books , as
    their father owned a well furnished library.

  • Thanks to those readings Jane started writing her
    own novels, observing with great attention the
    environment which surrounded her family, i.e. the
    landed gentry.
  • During her lifetime Jane remained for 26 years in
    Steventon, then she settled in Bath in 1801.
    After her fathers death she moved to Southampton
    and she eventually stayed in Chawton, a little
    village where she spent her happiest years.

Main works
  • Jane Austens novels were written in Steventon
    and Chawton, where she could live in a more
    genuine environment than in the city.
  • Her novels, mostly based on the narration of love
    stories, are rich in details and endeavoured with
    a subtle sense of humour.
  • Although she didnt focus her attention on the
    historical happenings of the time, her novels
    pointed out a deep analysis of the psychology of
    every character together with objectivity.

  • Sense and Sensibility ( publ. in 1811)
  • Pride and Prejudice ( publ. in 1813)
  • Mansfield Park ( publ. in 1814)
  • Emma ( publ. in 1815)
  • Northanger Abbey ( publ. in 1818)
  • Persuasion ( publ. in 1818)

Pride and Prejudice
  • The Bennets live with their five daughters in the
    countryside, in southern England.
  • Their life is almost uneventful until the arrival
    of a rich gentleman, Mr Bingley, who is going to
    spend the summer in a rented house with his
    friend, the proud Mr Darcy .
  • From this point the whole story is focused on
    gossip, scandals and love between the Bennets
    sisters and the rich gentlemen.

  • After many troubles and misunderstandings the
    main couple, i. e. Elizabeth and Mr Darcy,
    eventually get married, overcoming their

Main characters
  • Elizabeth Bennet
  • Mr Darcy
  • Mr and Mrs Bennet
  • Charles Bingley
  • George Wickham
  • Lady Catherine de Bourgh
  • Mr Collins

  • Pride and Prejudice didnt gain immediate
    achievements even though Lord Byron defined it
    the fashionable novel. The popularity increased
    in time the novel became one of the most
    appreciated books of manners.
  • According to a BBC poll conducted in 2003,
    Pride and Prejudice turned out to be the second
    UKs best-loved book.

  • Life seems but a quick succession of busy
  • A lady's imagination is very rapid it jumps
    from admiration to love, from love to matrimony
    in a moment.
  • How quick come the reasons for approving what we
  • In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better
    show more affection than she feels.
  • by Marco L.
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