Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775. Austen, who is now one of the most recognized writer’s in English literature, wasn’t well-known during her lifetime. She published most of her novels anonymously, and it was only after her nephew published A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869 that she was introduced to a wider public audience.
Today, Jane Austen is widely-loved and often-read author. My younger sister is a huge fan of Austen, and has watched the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth more times than I can count. I have to admit, I haven’t read as much Jane Austen as I would like. I think I’ve only read Northanger Abbey, Emma, and Persuasion. I remember liking all of them a lot, so I’m not sure why I haven’t read more.
Anyway, given how much so many people love Jane Austen, I figure I am not the best person to write about how great she is for her birthday. I’ll leave that up to all of you in the comments!
What is your favorite Jane Austen book? How come? What are some good modern adaptations or revisions of Jane Austen’s life or her books?