Virginia Woolf's singular technique in Mrs Dalloway heralds a break with the traditional novel form and reflects a genuine humanity and a concern with the experiences that both enrich and stultify existence. Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party. Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa's life is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life draws about inevitable suicide.
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Austen wrote about the world she inhabited, the English countryside, but was never constrained by her relatively narrow canvas. She endures for modern readers because of her wonderful comic irony and her acute observations of the nuances of social interaction, beautifully rendered in pellucid prose. As Emma Woodhouse attempts to orchestrate the romatic lives of those around her, Austen expertly reveals that she may not be as much in control as she would like to believe. Emma was first published in 1816, the year before Jane Austen died. Austen herself thought that Emma was someone "no one but myself will much like". In spite of Austen's fears, the indomitable Emma Woodhouse continues to win the loyal hearts of each new heneration of readers.
Ane Austen, born 1775 in Steventon (Hampshire), the daughter of a pastor, is the creator of important classical works of English literature. In her brother's opinion, she led an 'uneventful life'. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 41, unmarried and childless. Her literary world was that of the English country nobility, whose well-hidden abysses she exposed with subtle irony and satire. Psychological sensitivity and a lively language make her seemingly conventional love stories an exciting read.
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