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Jane Austen


) I waited patiently—years—for the pendulum to swing the other way, for men to start reading Jane Austen, learn how to knit, pretend to love cosmos, organize scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  English novelist popular for her clever dialogue, social commentary, and insightful portrayals of middle-class families (1775-1817)
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Strongly Associated with:   Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility
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Her works include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.
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  • ) I waited patiently—years—for the pendulum to swing the other way, for men to start reading Jane Austen, learn how to knit, pretend to love cosmos, organize scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I read my books like Anna Karenina and the novels of Jane Austen and trusted in my father’s words: "Malala is free as a bird."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Jane Austen,Virginia Woolf, and Alice in Wonderland definitely served to fill the time and keep me company inside my head, but I was really lonely in my actual physical life.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In Jane Austen’s Persuasion I had come across the lines, "she had been forced into prudence in her youth—she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning."
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • And these: Jane Austen.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He gave her his best newscaster smile, at once managing to take in her Jane Austen T-shirt, old sneakers, and off-brand jeans while completely missing her face.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • There the natural world acts primarily as a background (in Jane Austen, bad weather means that a lady taking a walk may get the hem of her dress wet) against which the complexities of human relations can be explored.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She laughs and says maybe she’ll see him in Spanish as she strolls to Jane Austen and the Victorians.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I guess Jane Austen wouldn’t be too much affected, but relying on her would leave our reading a little thin.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen (1811) CHAPTER 1 The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • But insulated by her money, a staff of paid attendants, and unwavering selfabsorption, Pittman was heedless of the resentment and scorn she inspired in others; she remained as oblivious as Jane Austen’s Emma.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen (1803) ADVERTISEMENT BY THE AUTHORESS, TO NORTHANGER ABBEY THIS little work was finished in the year 1803, and intended for immediate publication.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • For that was what his criticism of poor Sir Walter, or perhaps it was Jane Austen, amounted to.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818) Chapter 1 Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as…
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • She wanted to write a novel in the style of Jane Austen, a book of manners about the upper class, a book that had nothing to do with her own life.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • I had a small collection of books that came with me to Forks, the shabbiest volume being a compilation of the works of Jane Austen.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • She listened respectably to statistics on Dickens, Thackeray, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Scott, Hardy, Lamb, De Quincey, and Mrs. Humphry Ward, who, it seemed, constituted the writers of English Fiction and Essays.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • MANSFIELD PARK (1814) by Jane Austen CHAPTER I About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet’s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • She had lolled about for three years at Girton with the kind of books she could equally have read at home—Jane Austen, Dickens, Conrad, all in the library downstairs, in complete sets.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • It was like being in a Jane Austen novel, but one with far less clothing.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • I think Jane Austen can; and Trollope ; perhaps Thackeray and Dickens and Tolstoy.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • And I could go to Jane Austen’s house!
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Inspired by Jane Austen’s novel Emma, Heckerling deftly satirized the speech and lifestyle of rich teens in Los Angeles.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Well, I’m in the library parsing a Jane Austen novel looking for dramatic irony, while many of my old friends are dead or in jail.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Jane Austen wrote like that to the end of her days.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • (I’m sure that’s how Jane Austen would describe it, and I’ve been reading her books again.) And, sure, I have no one to blame for this but myself.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • EMMA BY JANE AUSTEN VOLUME I CHAPTER I Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "Everything of Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre, and all of Dickens and Shakespeare’s plays except Coriolanus, because everyone kills everyone, but I know Midsummer Night’s Dream almost by heart.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • I have no idea whether Andrew is going to want to go to Jane Austen’s house.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • "And…oh, Jane Austen’s house."
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • At ten P.M. the lights were turned off abruptly, and I slipped Jane Austen onto my locker and stared at the ceiling, listening to Annette’s respirator machine—she had suffered a massive heart attack shortly after arriving in Danbury and had to use it at night to breathe.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • What’s the worst that would have happened? I could have gone to Jane Austen’s house by myself and just used Andy’s house as a sort of home base.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • "Jane Austen," I correct him.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Yet Jane Austen was glad that a hinge creaked, so that she might hide her manuscript before anyone came in.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • To Jane Austen there was something discreditable in writing PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • If Jane Austen suffered in any way from her circumstances it was in the narrowness of life that was imposed upon her.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • But perhaps it was the nature of Jane Austen not to want what she had not.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Jane Austen looked at it and laughed at it and devised a perfectly natural, shapely sentence proper for her own use and never departed from it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Beanie Baby (she goes absolutely nuts when I call her that, which I rarely do, except if I’m ticked at her about something) tends to dress, well, shall I say, outlandishly (I’ve been reading Jane Austen books lately and sometimes I wish we still talked like that)?
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • Jane Austen should have laid a wreath upon the grave of Fanny Burney, and George Eliot done homage to the robust shade of Eliza Carter—the valiant old woman who tied a bell to her bedstead in order that she might wake early and learn Greek.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • ] [*2 ’If, like the reporter, you believe that female novelists should only aspire to excellence by courageously acknowledging the limitations of their sex (Jane Austen [has] demonstrated how gracefully this gesture can be accomplished ….).
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • But why, I asked her as if she were present, are Jane Austen’s sentences not of the right shape for you?
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • For while Jane Austen breaks from melody to melody as Mozart from song to song, to read this writing was like being out at sea in an open boat.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • She had broken up Jane Austen’s sentence, and thus given me no chance of pluming myself upon my impeccable taste, my fastidious ear.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austen’s day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • And, I wondered, would PRIDE AND PREJUDICE have been a better novel if Jane Austen had not thought it necessary to hide her manuscript from visitors? I read a page or two to see; but I could not find any signs that her circumstances had harmed her work in the slightest.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • For it was useless to say, ’Yes, yes, this is very nice; but Jane Austen wrote much better than you do’, when I had to admit that there was no point of likeness between them.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • And, after all, we have lives enough of Jane Austen; it scarcely seems necessary to consider again the influence of the tragedies of Joanna Baillie upon the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe; as for myself, I should not mind if the homes and haunts of Mary Russell Mitford were closed to the public for a century at least.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Jane Austen [5] , Pride and Prejudice [5] , Sense and Sensibility [8] , Jane Eyre [4] , Pride and Prejudice [5] , Charlotte Brontė [7] , Emily Brontė [7] , Sense and Sensibility [8] , Wuthering Heights [8] , Virginia Woolf [4] , Charles Dickens [6] , D.H. Lawrence [6] , Charlotte Brontė [7] , Emily Brontė [7] , George Bernard Shaw [7] , George Eliot [7] , Oscar Wilde [7] , Thomas Hardy [7] , C.S. Lewis [8] , Daniel Defoe [8] , E.M. Forster [8] , George Orwell [8] , Graham Greene [8] , Rudyard Kipling [8]
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