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    • Student: Coordinating teacher:
    •  She was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire.  She was the sixth of the eight children of a clergyman, Reverend George Austen.  She began to write as a teenager.  In 1801 the family moved to Bath.  After the death of Jane's father in 1805 Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother moved several times eventually settling in Chawton, near Steventon.
    •  As a young woman Jane enjoyed dancing (an activity which features frequently in her novels) and she attended balls in many of the great houses of the neighbourhood.  She loved the country, enjoyed long country walks, and had many Hampshire friends.  After her father's death in 1805, his widow and daughters also suffered financial difficulties and were forced to rely on the charity of the Austen sons.  It was also at this time that, Jane fell in love, and when the young man died, she was deeply upset. Later she accepted a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither, a wealthy landowner and brother to some of her closest friends, but she changed her mind the next morning and was greatly upset by the whole episode. 
    •  At the age of 14 she wrote her first novel, Love and Friendship and then A History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian.  In her early twenties Jane Austen wrote the novels that were later to be re-worked and published as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. She also began a novel called The Watsons which was never completed. 
    •  Mansfield Park  Pride and Prejudice  Sense and Sensibility  Emma  Persuasion
    •  Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.
    •  Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books" such as The Big Read. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.
    •  "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.“  "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man is in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.“  "It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.“  "One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.“
    •  "Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.“  "Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.“  "Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
    •  This is a photography of a coat worn by Jane Austen.  It gives an idea of the type of clothes worn by young ladies of the time.
    •  In 1816, Jane began to suffer from ill-health, probably due to Addison's disease. She travelled to Winchester to receive treatment, and died there on 18 July 1817. Two more novels, 'Persuasion' and 'Northanger Abbey' were published posthumously and a final novel was left incomplete.
    • “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”                                              -- Jane Austen