American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Austen, Jane 1775-1817. British writer who is noted for her penetrating observation of middle-class manners and morality and her irony, wit, and meticulous style. Her novels include Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Emma (1816).
- n. English novelist noted for her insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
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“Jane Austen is renowned as a pristine literary stylist; but her semicolons were not her own – instead she scattered dashes through her prose, reveals new research by an Oxford professor”
“Seriously, though, I say arresting those who imitate Jane Austen is not severe enough.”
“We did recently have Lost in Austen which I intended to watch but only saw the second half – but it seemed like an interesting take on the original – though obviously NOT with zombies attached!”
“Few people expect to find the humor in Austen, or the clever narrative devices in Mary Shelley, or the profound (and profoundly unsettling) insights into the nature of existence in Lovecraft.”
“The head of UWO Campus Police, Elgin Austen stated that the officers are trained in accordance with the standards of the Ontario Police College, which is true.”
“The book does have its points of interest, but I would advise anyone thinking of casual dabbling in Austen to stick to Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.”
“The Jane Austen Book Club, the story of six people who meet over six months to read the novels of Jane Austen, is not a great film, but a good one.”
“How much of the effect on our perception of character comes from the revelations of "speech" in the ordinary sense, and how much from the fact Jane Austen is a master at composing very sly and exquisitely worded dialogue?”
“To the extent a character like Elizabeth Bennet seems to us a very levelheaded and quietly witty woman, isn't this because Jane Austen is a very calm and quietly witty writer?”
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