Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the the greatest novelists to have written in English. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, to name four of her novels, are widely read and are also adapted as movies and television series.
Jane Austen started writing as a child. Her adult work is directly related to her childhood writings. And now, finally, some of the childhood writings have themselves been adapted into movies. The new movie, Love and Friendship, borrows its title from the work of the same name, written when Jane Austen was eleven, but is actually based on Lady Susan, which Austen wrote when she was nineteen.
Both works are written in the form of a correspondence. Today, with the resurgence in correspondence through texting and email, the epistolary story is a format that once again makes sense for young writers.