Her six major novels were published 1811-18, though some were
written earlier. The setting is the world of the comfortably-off upper middle
class. She does not describe the lifestyle of the poor.
The books 'Northanger Abbey' and 'Persuasion' highlight the
fashionable world of Bath. 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Pride and Prejudice',
'Mansfield Park', and 'Emma' all cover the genteel world of the era.
In 'Vanity Fair' William Thackeray describes, satirically, the
fashionable world of the early C19th with a famous episode centering
on Waterloo. Dress is highlighted in the pre ball scenes.
Anthony Trollope was a prolific 19th century
novelist. The Barset novels are about the rather self-contained world of the
clergy in and around a cathedral town.' The Pallisers', concerns the fashionable
world. He also wrote 'The Eustace Diamonds'.
Biographies and autobiographies, particularly the letter, are valuable. Richard Church's Over the Bridge is a rich account of the struggles of a
lower middle class family in London from about 1890-1910.
Acknowledgement and special thanks to D. Willis who prepared some
original student activity notes on this topic.
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