ords can’t possibly do justice to the praise of the literaryphenomenon --------
author of such estimable classics asPride and Prejudice and Emma, who did not rely on resplendent deeds orthe wild excesses of the Gothic novel to engage readers when she wroteher "novels of manners" , She dealt instead with the most ordinary andrealistic events and depicted ordinary English folk, the gentry of theRegency era (1811-1820). Jane Austen's demesne was limited, but herlimitations were her strengths. Fating her characters to scenes of adomestic or diurnal nature-afternoon tea, gossip in the lane, dances atsplendid estates-inured an artistic discipline so masterful that the Britishauthor Thomas Henry Lister praised her,
"No novelist perhaps ever employed more unpromisingmaterials, and by none have those material been moreadmirably treated."
Some readers may deem Jane Austen's empery of manners and romancetoo limited and her subjects trifling and petty. Perhaps a heroine whodebates between her "
spotted and tamboured muslin"
for theevening assemblies at fashionable Bath in Northanger Abbey, impressesthem as completely frivolous. Perhaps Hartfield society in Emma seemsespecially shallow as the genteel "
walk about-gather strawberries-sit under trees”.
The significance of God, religion, war, politics,passion, or science is never directly discussed in her novels. Are herworks superficial and was she detached from "reality" because thesethemes appear to be absent? Jane Austen was not aloof from "realities" She could not be oblivious towar or death when her brothers were stationed on active dutythroughout the Napoleonic wars. She surely does not omit religion (inMansfield Park, Edmund Bertram rebukes Mary Crawford for disparagingprivate prayers). Nor are her novels devoid of passion (Mr. Darcy's firstproposal to Elizabeth Bennett). Generally, Jane Austen kept her novelpleasant and sunny and when she did discuss weightier matters, she didso with her wonted delicacy.During Austen’s life only her immediate family knew oft her authorshipof these novels. at one point she wrote behind a door that creaked whenvisitors approached warning her enough to hide her manuscripts beforediscovery, it enabled her to preserve privacy at a time when Englishsociety associated a female’s entrance into a public sphere withreprehensible loss of femininity, she must have sought anonymitybecause of more general atmosphere of repression pervading in the era.As the Napoleonic war threatened the safety of monarchies throughoutEurope, government censorship of literature proliferated. The social milieu of Austen’s England was particularly stratified andclass divisions were rooted in family connections and wealth .in her