For almost 200 years, readers at various times and in diverse places and circumstances have interpreted Jane Austen’s novels — readers reading with different attitudes and differing widely in what they find appealing. Austen’s works have continuously risen in popularity: from holding a position of relative obscurity in the Romantic period, they have come to achieve extraordinary critical and popular acclaim in the early twenty-first century. This Guide illustrates key examples of the many different responses to three of Austen’s novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.
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