Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, and died at age 41 on January 18, 1817. She is best known for her six published novels that include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. She was a talented writer who also maintained a close correspondence with many of the people who were part of her life.
She had a strong influence on English literature and had a significant impact on subsequent works. Her writing style is simple and direct, reflecting the values of her time period
The majority of her work centers around the themes of morality, family dynamics as well as education as it relates to womanhood. In her letters she often discusses how to manage her finances as well as takes some criticism from those she writes to about some of the things she writes.
Jane Austen lived in Britain during some of the most turbulent times during the early 1800s. During this time period, women were not given many opportunities to attend college or pursue a career in a field other than being a wife or mother.
Jane Austen's writing reflects these societal issues through her use of character development and dialogue. She created characters that are realistic in their mannerisms and interactions with others. This is evident in many aspects of her works including Pride and Prejudice where she depicts Elizabeth Bennet as an intelligent young woman with plenty of wit but also displays the difficulties that women face when trying to become educated in society during this time period.