These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social classes and settings.
The early epistolary novel LADY SUSAN depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying with the affections of several men. In contrast, THE WATSONS is a delightful fragment, whose spirited heroine - Emma - finds her marriage opportunities limited by poverty and pride. Meanwhile SANDITON, set in a seaside resort, offers a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and spectators, treated by Austen with both amusement and scepticism.
Miss Austen author Gill Hornby on how fear of contagion informed the manners and mores of the Regency.
English darling of literature Jane Austen is best known for her novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Her incredible writing is known for its humour, realism and irony and has been adored by readers around the globe since her untimely death aged 41 in 1887. Here are ten Austen quotes that capture her perfectly.