“She wants to show heroines that make mistakes, that learn, that get it wrong and that is what propels that realism."
Paula Byrne discusses the life and writing of Jane Austen, an author whose finely crafted heroines and accounts of the female experience parallel the freedom she was granted as a writer, and obstacles she faced as a woman.
Byrne details the context, characters and themes of Austen's work, exploring the comedy and satire that emerges in novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and considers her influence as one of the first writers to use free indirect speech.
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