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Jane Austen, a gifted English novelist, daughter of a clergyman in N. Hampshire; member of a quiet family circle, occupied herself in writing without eye to publication, and only in mature womanhood thought of writing for the press. Her first novel, "Sense and Sensibility," was published in 1811, and was followed by "Pride and Prejudice," her masterpiece, "Persuasion," and others, her interest being throughout in ordinary quiet cultured life, and the delineation of it, which she achieved in an inimitably charming manner. She is the mother of the English 19th-century novel, as Scott is the father of it" (1775-1816).


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Quote Left The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. Quote Right
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Quote Left Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. Quote Right
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Quote Left I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. Quote Right
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Quote Left One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. Quote Right
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Quote Left Everything nourishes what is strong already. Quote Right
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