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Jane Austen died at 41, the same age I am. Though I haven’t read all of her novels, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility rank as two of my all-time favorite books. I admit, Mansfield Park had a slower burn for me; I wasn’t as eager to flip to the next page. But I don’t throw the word genius around lightly and I have no qualms calling Austen a literary genius. Her characters resonate 200 years after their creation. We live in a different age now but she had a gift for capturing the pulse of relationships and setting an exquisite pace in her novels.

In the six years before Austen’s death, four of her major novels were published (the ones mentioned above plus Emma). But she was not after fame; she published anonymously. Her works’ acclaim evolved well after her death. Her work was the cornerstone of her life, though; she wrote stories and poems from an early age and read her work aloud to her family, a practice she continued into adulthood. Her family offered their unwavering encouragement.

Aside from Austen’s genius, what a master of time management she was; she must have wrung every possible drop of writing time out of her 41 years. She did allow herself diversions, though- she was reported to be an accomplished seamstress.

I console myself: even if I don’t have genius on my side, I can excercise time management and work ethic.  Thanks for the inspiration and cheers to you, Jane.

Ondine Brooks Kuraoka


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