Jane Austen's Influence on Literature: Pride and Prejudice

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Even though today Jane Austen is regarded for her writing, during her time she couldn’t even publish her work under her own name, because it was considered unladylike for women to be intellectual figures. Unlike J. K. Rowling and other English female writers today, who are well known for their works even without using their full names, Jane Austen lived within the sanctuary of a close-knit family and always published her works under a pseudonym that could not be traced back to her (jasna.org). Writing at the time was a male-dominated profession and women depended completely on men for their livelihood. During her upbringing she knew the importance of money to women in a severely classist and patriarchal society, and so marriage was the …show more content…
Throughout Jane Austen's writing career she published four major works: Sense and Sensibility in 1811, Pride and Prejudice in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1815. After her death, two other major works were published: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (Gillie 3). And by the nineteenth century, Austen’s works had many admirers who considered themselves part of a literary top-notch. Yet there was never a time while she was alive that Austen’s works were ever bestsellers (Johnson 127). She never wrote for notoriety or great material success. Jane Austen was known more as a reclusive woman who wrote rebellious literature. Her mere eighteenth century existence will be a symbol of resistance for generations to come. The goal of Austen’s books was often to ridicule the unrealistic fiction of the eighteenth century. In her earlier works that were small pieces Austen worked on during her childhood, she exposed false literature and attacked sentimental novels. In all of her other works, Austen refused to write about the unusual or what she did not know. Instead, Austen forced herself to create plots dealing with ordinary, daily life (Pinion 135). Austen is considered the first modern English novelist, using the classic form of recording events while including complex
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