Lipman, Elinor — Were Austen writing today, her novels might read more like those of Elinor Lipman. Lipman is quirkier, funnier, and less romantic but offers updated wit, humor, and sly societal observations reminiscent of Austen. Lipman - like Austen - excels at witty dialog, and creates moments of charming (albeit offbeat) humor. -- Kim Burton
Goodman, Allegra — Allegra Goodman has been compared to Jane Austen with good reason: both authors cleverly develop their characters by describing their lives and their interactions with other characters, all while creating an intriguing plot. The settings contemporary America and Regency era England, respectively, but the characters remain recognizable. -- Katherine Johnson
Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840 — Fanny Burney was a significant influence on Jane Austen, and both authors write witty, perceptive, and elegantly written fiction featuring strong female protagonists, evocative, often satirical, portraits of English aristocratic society, and a diverse cast of well drawn, colorful characters. -- Derek Keyser
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 — American Sinclair Lewis and British writer Jane Austen, though separated by thousands of miles and 150 years, were adept at capturing and satirizing the hypocrisy and materialism of their respective times. Highly realistic prose combined with complex, memorable characters makes their work enduring and timeless. -- Mike Nilsson
O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-2000 — Patrick O'Brian's novels of the Napoleonic Wars offer a masculine setting and point of view, yet he distinctly shares Austen's focus on honor, duty, and correct behavior. His writing style captures a masculine setting with occasional elegance that may lead Austen's fans to enjoy the change of scenery. -- Kim Burton
Pym, Barbara, 1913-1980 — Though their works are set in different periods, both are British women who write wryly humorous, vividly atmospheric, and character-driven social comedies set in rural and suburban England. These authors are admired for their witty dialogue, insightful satires of social mores, and compelling, well-developed female characters. -- Derek Keyser
Heyer, Georgette, 1902-1974 — Georgette Heyer's regency romances are pure Austen, distilled. She crafts detailed romances of the Regency and Georgian eras in which Austen lived. Heyer beautifully captures the spirit of the age and manners of the times, although she lacks Austen's subtle irony and social commentary. -- Kim Burton
Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882 — Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope are classic English authors known for lushly atmospheric, character-driven novels focusing on complex, introspective individuals struggling to find love and happiness amidst the strict social hierarchies of 19th-century England. Both authors are admired for their refined prose, witty dialogue, and compelling melodrama. -- Derek Keyser
Bronte, Emily, 1818-1848 — These authors' works are Atmospheric, Romantic, and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Classics' and 'Love stories' and the subjects 'England' and 'Men/women relations'.
Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 — These authors' works are Romantic and Character-driven, and they share: the genres 'Classics' and 'Love stories' and the subjects 'England', 'Men/women relations', and 'Young women'.
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865 — These authors' works are Atmospheric, Romantic, and Witty, and they share: the genres 'Classics' and 'Love stories' and the subjects 'England', 'Sisters', and 'Men/women relations'.
Kaysen, Susanna, 1948- — These authors' works are Engaging and Character-driven, and they share: the genre 'Love stories' and the subject 'Young women'.
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