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  • adj. Reminiscent of the works of Jane Austen (1775-1817), English novelist noted for realism and biting social commentary.

Etymologies

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Austen +‎ -esque

Examples

  • Ms. Shih and her college roommate discovered Ms. Austen a decade ago and began writing Austenesque prose in their Massachusetts Institute of Technology dorm room.

    In Jane Austen 2.0, the Heroines And Heroes Friend Each Other

  • Satire with heart … In a style that careens from Austenesque to Corporate Memo-ese, Janice Harayda has written a farce that dissects the farce of the matrimonial ceremony.

    2007 May « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • A writer by accident, not temperament, he is a romantic hero for those who prefer their heroes Austenesque and can forgo the usual artistic features of depression, insecurity, and, for that matter, poverty.

    If This Is a Man

  • So I sit in my now-immaculate bedroom, the room I always wanted, a deep rich red with a ridiculously luxurious, ornate bed, a plush red chair at a wee Austenesque writing desk, and do little of anything.

    Tonight, Tonight

  • Just completed the copyedits on the most recent of the Cyberabad stories An Eligible Boy for Lou Anders' Fast Forward 2 , which is Jane Austenesque social comedy.

    journeys to Cyberabad

  • "Learning to Be Me" is just about the best of his short stories, a corrosively powerful examination of the nature of identity and consciousness with bears comparison with Kafka, and an opening line of Austenesque brilliance:

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • The Shire is something of a different place than the rest of Middle-Earth anyway, and among timeless Once Upon a Times it feels like a later one, broadly Austenesque, premodern but postmedieval.

    The House on the Strand, by Daphne du Maurier. Book review

  • Again, barring Austenesque shocking revelations, if the kid is too stupid to realize the difference between a real and courtesy title then no amount of "higher education" will do him any good.

    "$perm wail by donor."

  • "It has come to my attention that children have become the center of our universe," is Mellor's arch, Austenesque opening.

    Marshal Plan

  • The Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old Virgin are perfect examples of this difference-splitting, swaddling Austenesque marriage plots in wacky sexual permissiveness - a combination that corresponds pretty well to the mainstream American attitude toward sex and romance.

    Ross Douthat on my "Hollywood's Skin Deep Leftism" essay

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