Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a British novelist famous for having written six novels dealing with human relations, particularly love and marriage among the upper middle classes and the landed gentry of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These were Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816), Northanger Abbey (1817) and Persuasion (1817). All have been made into films. In her work she focused on gender issues, particularly the situation of women and their dependence on marriage to give them financial security and social standing. The use of humour and irony is a key characteristic of her work, and most of the female protagonists are strong and outspoken.