Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the the greatest novelists to have written in English. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, to name four of her novels, are still widely read and have been adapted into movies and television series.
Jane Austen began writing as a child, and now, finally, some of these childhood writings have been adapted into movies. Whit Stillman’s 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.
Writing activity: Both works are written in the form of 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. Why not consult our pages on juvenilia for links to some of the great authors’ juvenilia, watch some clips of this movie, and inspire your young writers to produce some creative work in the form of contemporary letters–texts and emails?