Jane Austen is one of the best known and most celebrated authors of British literature, inspiring legions of fans across the globe. Her work was generally well-received upon publication, with several high profile reviewers, but it was not immensely popular. Sir Walter Scott in particular praised Austen’s intriguing characters and sense of realism. Another favourable review (commonly attributed to Richard Whately) drew lasting comparisons with giants such as Homer and Shakespeare.
Today, Austen is more popular than ever, with fans often self-opprobriously identifying as ‘Janeites.’ This cultural movement could even be said to be the very first literary ‘subculture’, inspiring societies, events, and scholarship around the globe. With this popularity in mind, we thought it was a good time to test your knowledge of Jane Austen’s novels and characters — with a quiz based on the author’s lesser-known quotations. How well do you really know Austen’s writings?
Featured and quiz image credit: ‘Two Strings To Her Bow’ by John Pettie (1882). Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.