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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817)

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her novels are characterized by realism and biting social commentary which made her an important novelist among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer.


Emma is a novel about the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively 'comedy of manners' among her characters..

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