Date and place of birth
Jane Austen was born on the 16th
December, 1775 in Hampshire,
Jane's father was George Austen and her mother was Cassandra Leigh. She was
the seventh child, she had six brothers and one sister.
The books that she read from her father inspired her to write and at the age of
14 she wrote her first novel 'Love and Friendship' and after 'A History of
England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian'
She also wrote 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Northanger
Abbey' and she started a novel but it wasn't never completed.
Her father died on 1805 and Jane's family had difficulties, she nearly got
married but she changed her mind because she was upset.
She lived in London with one of her brothers, Henry.
In 1787, Jane Austen began to write
poems, stories and plays. Between
1793 and 1795 she wrote 'Lady
Susan', a short epistolary novel.
After finishing 'Lady Susan', Austen
attempted her first full-length novel
'Elinor and Marianne'. Austen
worked on a second novel 'First
Impressions' in 1796 and was
completed in August 1797, 'First
Impressions' later became 'Pride and
During the middle of 1798 she began
writing her third novel 'Susan' a
satire on the popular Gothic novel.
'Elinor and Marianne'
The author who had the strongest influence on Jane Austen's writing
was Samuel Johnson, who was a great prose stylist and well-known for
Pride and Prejudice is the story of Mrs. and Mr. Bennet and their five
daughters, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. The story focuses on
various romantic adventures these young girls encounter at their residence.
Their parents are strikingly contrasting to each other. Mr. Bennet comes across
as a wise and witty gentleman, while the issue of marrying off her daughters has
absorbed Mrs. Bennet completely. The arrival of the young and wealthy bachelor
Charles Bingley and his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy adds a new twist to Austen's
tale. It is the story of the various fondness, mannerisms and engagement pranks
that develop due to Mrs. Bennet's insistent matchmaking and the dashing
Darcy's passionate relationship with Elizabeth Bennet.