"Effusions of Fancy by a Very Young Lady": The Young Writer's Mind


Jane Austen was born in 1775, the seventh of eight children. Her parents—clergyman George Austen and his wife Cassandra—instilled in her a love of the written word, and she began writing at a young age. Austen’s early fiction tends to parody popular genres of her day, including—in the case of Northanger Abbey—the gothic novel.


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Lorraine Murphy is associate professor of English at Hillsdale College. She received her B.A. from Davidson College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University – Chicago.