Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jane!

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, in Hampshire, England, and began to write for recreation at the beginning of her teens. Her best known works are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Emma (1816). For her time, she was extraordinarily talented at pointing out the ironies of middle class life in turn of the century­late 18th and early 19th century­England. To this day, her observations are often still relevant, and for this reason Jane Austen continues to delight many. Her wry and charming insights have inspired several contemporary films of her novels as well as several very active communities of fans throughout the world.

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