Happy Birthday Jane Austen and the 7 Hottest Austen Men

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Happy Birthday Jane.
Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! On December 16, Jane Austen, every book club's favorite female author, would have been 236, had she been alive. She is the author of six celebrated novels, in addition to a handful of short works, letters and poems. Ms. Austen's work has been noted as much for its wit and keen observations on life as for its unforgettable characters and the impossible romantic situations they find themselves in the middle of. Austen's novels are like the Three's Company of the Regency Era.

Writing as a woman in the 1800s was not an easy task, especially when your novels focused on women and their social status in the world. Austen published most of her works anonymously and received little in the way of literary reviews. She died, sadly, at the young age of 47.

In the past few years, Jane Austen's popularity has skyrocketed. Multiple adaptations of her work have been made into films, BBC specials and some have even been updated into contemporary times; 1995's Clueless was based on the Austen novel Emma. Recently, her novels have even been transformed into fantasy/horror works such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which expands upon the original story.

What we found very sad about Ms. Austen's life is that she was never married (It's rumored she had a longtime love, but never been validated). Here is this woman who has imagined some of our culture's favorite romances, and she may have died without one of her own.

So our hats go off to you, Ms. Austen, for making every woman out there wish that she had her own Mr. Darcy and for setting the standards for romantic encounters incredibly high for all men.

For Jane Austen's birthday, here are Art Attack's hottest Austen dudes.

7. Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility)

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Maybe Edward Ferrars wasn't the most attractive of men, described in the book as being "not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing." He was, however, the kind of guy who stuck to his word, even if it meant marrying someone he didn't love at all.

6. Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey)

We would have no problem ending up with Henry Tilney. Mr. Tilney is a smart, well-read, slightly sarcastic man with a boatload of money. What we like most about him is that he is the sort of fellow who can fall in love with a girl's mistakes and naïveté, and that makes us think we would have a chance with him.

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Maria
Maria

That Matthew Macfadyen is not on this list is a travesty of Pemberley proportions.

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