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In October , Bentley released the first collected edition of her works. Since then, Austen's novels have been continuously in print. Austen's works critique the sentimental novels of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism. Leavis and Ian Watt placed her in the tradition of Richardson and Fielding; both believe that she used their tradition of "irony, realism and satire to form an author superior to both".

Walter Scott noted Austen's "resistance to the trashy sensationalism of much of modern fiction—'the ephemeral productions which supply the regular demand of watering places and circulating libraries'". Yet in Northanger Abbey she alludes to the trope, with the heroine, Catherine, anticipating a move to a remote locale. Rather than full-scale rejection or parody, Austen transforms the genre, juxtaposing reality, with descriptions of elegant rooms and modern comforts, against the heroine's "novel-fueled" desires.

Richardson's Pamela , the prototype for the sentimental novel, is a didactic love story with a happy ending, written at a time women were beginning to have the right to choose husbands and yet were restricted by social conventions. The narrative style utilises free indirect speech —she was the first English novelist to do so extensively—through which she had the ability to present a character's thoughts directly to the reader and yet still retain narrative control. The style allows an author to vary discourse between the narrator's voice and values and those of the characters.

Austen had a natural ear for speech and dialogue, according to scholar Mary Lascelles "Few novelists can be more scrupulous than Jane Austen as to the phrasing and thoughts of their characters. When Elizabeth Bennett rejects Darcy, her stilted speech and the convoluted sentence structure reveals that he has wounded her: []. From the very beginning, from the first moment I may almost say, of my acquaintance with you, your manners impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form that the groundwork of disapprobation, on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike.

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And I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry. Austen's plots highlight women's traditional dependence on marriage to secure social standing and economic security.

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He believes that the well-spring of her wit and irony is her own attitude that comedy "is the saving grace of life". Samuel Johnson 's influence is evident, in that she follows his advice to write "a representation of life as may excite mirth". Her humour comes from her modesty and lack of superiority, allowing her most successful characters, such as Elizabeth Bennet, to transcend the trivialities of life, which the more foolish characters are overly absorbed in.

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Critic Robert Polhemus writes, "To appreciate the drama and achievement of Austen, we need to realize how deep was her passion for both reverence and ridicule As Austen's works were published anonymously, they brought her little personal renown. They were fashionable among opinion-makers, but were rarely reviewed. Using the review as a platform to defend the then-disreputable genre of the novel, he praised Austen's realism. However, Whately denied having authored the review, which drew favourable comparisons between Austen and such acknowledged greats as Homer and Shakespeare , and praised the dramatic qualities of her narrative.

Scott and Whately set the tone for almost all subsequent 19th-century Austen criticism. Because Austen's novels did not conform to Romantic and Victorian expectations that "powerful emotion [be] authenticated by an egregious display of sound and colour in the writing", [] 19th-century critics and audiences preferred the works of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Austen had many admiring readers in the 19th century, who considered themselves part of a literary elite.

Philosopher and literary critic George Henry Lewes expressed this viewpoint in a series of enthusiastic articles published in the s and s. They referred to themselves as Janeites in order to distinguish themselves from the masses who did not properly understand her works. For example, Henry James responded negatively to what he described as "a beguiled infatuation" with Austen, a rising tide of public interest that exceeded Austen's "intrinsic merit and interest". Lawrence and Kingsley Amis, but in "every case the adverse judgement merely reveals the special limitations or eccentricities of the critic, leaving Jane Austen relatively untouched".

Several of Austen's works have been subject to academic study. The first dissertation on Austen was published in , by George Pellew, a student at Harvard University. Chapman's edition of Austen's collected works. Not only was it the first scholarly edition of Austen's works, it was also the first scholarly edition of any English novelist.

The Chapman text has remained the basis for all subsequent published editions of Austen's works. Concern arose that academics were taking over Austen criticism and that it was becoming increasingly esoteric, a debate that has continued since. The period since World War II has seen more scholarship on Austen using a diversity of critical approaches, including feminist theory , and perhaps most controversially, postcolonial theory.

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The continuing disconnection between the popular appreciation of Austen, particularly by modern Janeites , and the academic appreciation of Austen has widened considerably. Austen's novels have resulted in sequels, prequels and adaptations of almost every type, from soft-core pornography to fantasy. From the 19th century, her family members published conclusions to her incomplete novels, and by there were over printed adaptations.

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Not to be confused with Jane G. Portrait, c. Further information: Timeline of Jane Austen. Further information: Styles and themes of Jane Austen. Main article: Styles and themes of Jane Austen. The hair was curled, and the maid sent away, and Emma sat down to think and be miserable. It was a wretched business, indeed! Such an overthrow of everything she had been wishing for! Such a development of every thing most unwelcome! This section's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions.

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Main article: Jane Austen in popular culture. The original sketch, according to relatives who knew Jane Austen well, was not a good likeness. He died in India in , with Philadelphia unaware until the news reached her a year later, fortuitously as George and Cassandra were visiting.

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In a letter of 16 February to her friend Martha Lloyd, Austen says referring to the Prince's wife, whom he treated notoriously badly "I hate her Husband". Murray's Letter is come; he is a Rogue of course, but a civil one. Collins" as evidence that contemporary critics felt that works oriented toward the interests and concerns of women were intrinsically less important and less worthy of critical notice than works mostly non-fiction oriented towards men. For more information see Southam , — Vol VI. Chapman and B. Catharine and Other Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press, The Making of Jane Austen.

Jane Austen: A Family History. London: The British Library. David; Litz, A. Waton; Southam, B. Abigail The Jane Austen companion. Upfal, "Jane Austen's lifelong health problems and final illness: New evidence points to a fatal Hodgkin's disease and excludes the widely accepted Addison's" , Medical Humanities , 31 1 , , 3— Walton "Recollecting Jane Austen" pp. September p.

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A Gadamerian Approach ". Retrieved 25 October Alexander, Christine and Juliet McMaster, eds. The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Auerbach, Emily. Searching for Jane Austen. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, Margaret Anne Doody and Douglas Murray. Austen, Jane.

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