One of the most exhilarating female writer stories is that of English novelist Jane Austen. Jane’s biting novels, highlighting social conditions for women in the early 1800’s when such writing was considered highly inappropriate, epitomizes the plight of female trendsetters. Austen’s novels were breaking ground in literature and in bringing social commentary and awareness to the experiences of women.
Maya Angelou would be another female to tread this territory for her now acclaimed memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but for one defining exception: Jane Austen reached critical acclaim posthumously.
Building an accepting audience, even at the small expense of passive critics, is a polite discomfort to writers whose work is widely rejected, often aggressively scorned, only to receive critical acclaim for their literary contributions after death. This was Jane Austen; one of the most exhilarating female writers who not only wrote about women, but for women.