Debut Authors – What Austen Did Next…

Now I have explored the debut novel of my favourite authoress Jane Austen, it’s time to go a little further through the wardrobe to see what she did post-Sense and Sensibility

Austen, J

Author: Jane Austen (1775–1817)

Debut novel: Sense and Sensibility (1811)

Age of author when debut published: 36

140 character review: Known as a comedy of manners, this timeless tale about love, family and sisterhood is told through the lens of one amazing writer. (Original review posted here – 4 stars)

Favourite quote from debut: “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Reception of debut: Austen’s debut novel was modestly received with only two reviews written. Her popularity as an author grew once the society she famously satirises adopted her works, in one example Lady Bessborough commented that Sense and Sensibility “is a clever novel…[and] tho’ it ends stupidly, I was much amused by it.” Austen herself was brought little renown from writing as she was published anonymously during her lifetime. The earnings from Sense and Sensibility did however give her a degree of financial independence from her family and the autonomy to continue to write. She went on to pen a further five titles, one of which is almost universally considered to be one of the literary greats – Pride and Prejudice.

Other notable works:

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Mansfield Park (1814)

Emma (1815)

Northanger Abbey (1818)

Persuasion (1818)


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