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  • Jane Austen’s biography
    • She is one of the most widely read
    • and best-loved writer
    • in British literature.
  •  
    • Jane Austen was born on December
    • 16, 1775, in the small village of
    • Steventon in Hampshire, England.
    • Her childhood was happy:
    • her home was full of books,
    • and many friends and relatives.
    • Her parents encouraged both their
    • children’s intellectual interests...
    • ... and passion
    • for producing and performing
    • in amateur theatricals.
    • Austen’s closest relationship was
    • with her only sister,
    • Cassandra.
  • Jane Austen – watercolour produced by her sister, Cassandra
    • From about twelve years old, Jane
    • began writing spirited parodies of the
    • popular Gothic...
    • ... and sentimental fiction
    • for the amusement of her family.
    • These early works reveal in nascent
    • form many of her literary gifts:
    • ... particularly her ironic sensibility,
    • wit, and gift for comedy.
    • Serious works began around 1794:
    • Lady Susan ,
    • Elinor and Marianne
    • and First Impressions .
    • In 1797, First Impressions ( Pride and
    • Prejudice ) was offered to a publisher
    • by Jane Austen’s father...
    • ... but the publisher
    • declined to even
    • look at the manuscript.
    • After her father’s death, Jane,
    • Cassandra and her mother became
    • dependent on support from the
    • Austen brothers.
  • In 1808, they moved to a cottage in Chawton, which is today a museum.
    • Jane Austen revised her earlier works
    • which were entitled:
    • Sense and Sensibility (1811) and
    • Pride and Prejudice (1813).
    • She also wrote
    • Mansfield Park (1814)
    • and Emma (1815).
    • In 1816, Jane Austen’s health
    • began to fail.
    • She died at the age of 41
    • on July 18, 1817.
    • She loved balls, music, country walks,
    • conversation, children, novels.
    • Her works were concerned with
    • courtship, love and marriage
    • but she never married.
  •  
    • All Jane Austen’s work lifetime
    • appeared in print anonymously.
    • Just few months following her death a
    • biographical notice appeared in the
    • books revealing her name.
    • She lived in privacy and, after her
    • death, her family censored and
    • destroyed many of her letters.
    • On her grave
    • there was no mention of
    • her writings...
    • ... just an allusion to
    • “ the extraordinary endowments
    • of her mind. ”
    • She represented
    • the ordinary world
    • of men and women
    • as it was...
    • ... a place where love
    • and romance were constrained
    • by economics and human
    • imperfection...
    • ... a place where characters were
    • never simply good or evil but more
    • complicated amalgams, reflecting both
    • their own moral nature...
    • ... and the virtues
    • and failings of the families and society
    • that shaped them.
    • Because Jane Austen is still in tune
    • with today’s sensibilities,
    • her novels have been adapted to
    • many movies...
    • The more recent are...
  • (1995)
  • (1996)
  • (1999)
  • (2005)
  • (2007) (tv)
  • (2007) (tv)
  • (2007)
    • And others had
    • Jane Austen’s novel
    • like background...
  • (1998) Paraphrasing Pride and Prejudice ...
  • (2006) Paraphrasing Persuasion ...
  • (2007) ... paraphrasing five of her novels. ... And...
    • Jane Austen’s works are full of
    • intelligence and precisely crafted to
    • convey its often subtle meaning.
    • . . .
    • Sources
    • http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/janelife.html
    • http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/
    • 19th Century English Literature