Jane Austen, an unlikely genius - EXPeditions

Jane Austen, an unlikely genius

by John Mullan
  • Key point 1
    Austen pioneered a method of narration that combined authorial distance and irony with psychological insight. This allowed readers to see the world through her characters’ eyes.
  • Key point 2
    Reading Jane Austen at the peak of her powers is like reading mature Shakespeare. She’s no longer influenced by any other novelist, only by herself.
  • Key point 3
    Austen manages to make every character speak slightly differently and always reveal in everything they say the pressure of their own selfishness, folly or affections.