Essay on Jane Austen Novels: Success After Death

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Jane Austen Novels: Success after Death
Chuck Leddy, a notable critic, stated "Upon her death in 1817, English novelist Jane Austen was completely unknown in the literary world". Why would someone as brilliant as Jane Austen not be world known? By 1817, Austen had already published one of her masterpieces Sense and Sensibility, and it seemed to not bring in as much success as it would later on in life. But the dry spell would eventually end. Two hundred years after Jane Austen's death, her books gained a lot of attention (Leddy). Although Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma were not well known in the early eighteen hundreds, Jane Austen novels grew a substantial amount of popularity after Jane Austen's
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She also has enough sense to settle for someone who is not the image of perfection in Marianne's eyes, but he treats her one thousand times better than the guy before him (Byer 378). "Although the plot favors the value of sense over that of sensibility, the greatest emphasis is placed on the moral complexity of the human affairs and the need for enlarged and subtle thought and feelings in response to it" (Byers 378). With a book that pushes the envelope with trials, tribulations, and is simply a masterpiece the novel should have been an instant hit. Unfortunately people did not think to highly of the novel when it was published in eighteen eleven (Leddy).
Critics of the time like Ruth ApRoberts, a known critic mentioned that Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility was "unsuccessful" (Bloom 43). Other critics of the time such as A. Walton Lit also explain Austen "is caught in the web of language which tends to describe types, not individuals" (Bloom 43). Others have called Sense and Sensibility down right confusing. People of the eighteen hundreds were not use to Austen's style of writing. Austen wrote about chance and the intelligence of woman. Once people caught up with the advancement of Austen's literature, they understood the pure brilliance.
"Chance is given significance in Jane Austen's novels by her insistence on the value of its opposite rational and deliberate choice" said by known critic Joel Weinsheimer (Bloom 13).
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