Jane Austen was a Georgian era author, best known for her social commentary in novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.
The word that might have best described Jane Austen was curious. In her books she often dealt with topics that could, for the time, most likely be considered to have strong feminist undertones.
Austen's plots often explored the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works called into question and critiqued the societal norms considered sensible in the second half of the 18th century and were part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.
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