Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817)
With millions of fans around the world, it is hard to believe that the renown English author Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, in 1817. Her timeless works speak to us today with humor and irony about romance, relationships and family life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.
Sense and Sensibility: Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two very different sisters. Marianne loves excitement and always shows her feelings; Elinor is quiet and has more good sense. They both fall in love and both suffer broken hearts. Will they ever find the right man to love and marry?
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667 and came of age at the height of the Glorious Revolution. He was a great literary figure even in his time, but we know very little about his private life. Swift died in a mental institution struck down by an illness, but he wasn’t mad when he wrote Gulliver’s Travels, a satire on politics, and a timeless book for children.
Gulliver's Travels: Gulliver travels across the sea from England and has an accident. He arrives in a country of very, very small people. What will they do with him? How will he talk to them? And why are the Big-enders fighting the Little-enders?