I don’t think Jane Austen ever lost anyone’s appreciation even as time has gone by and times have certainly changed. If anything, I feel as though women and girls cling to her literature more than ever with tales of true romance, humor without vulgarity, well developed stories and characters (particularly strong willed, happy, thoughtful women), and dignity.
Relying heavily on her own education, the support of her family and her unique talents, Austen wrote dozens of beloved literary classics that have been made into movies, and re-published again and again. I appreciate her for being a woman who, in a time where women were most certainly not considered to bring much to society other than what they could bring in the way of beauty and homemaking skills and made a name for herself despite her lack of husband status. Her works are charming in every way and have certainly provided myself, my mother, my sister, sisters in law, and countless friends with entertainment, encouragement, and joy in reliving them over and over again.
“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands…” – Jane Austen