Jane Austen(1775-1817), Novelist
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Few English novelists have commanded such popular affection and critical respect as the author of some of the supreme masterpieces of nineteenth-century fiction, including Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1816). The daughter of a clergyman, she lived quietly with her family in Hampshire and later Bath. With her strong sense of irony and her acute observations of genteel social relations, and the position of women during the Regency, Austen’s six main novels made ordinary domestic life a compelling subject for fiction. Indeed, Austen compared her writing to painting literary miniatures on ivory.