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JustBooks CLC Author Collection. Keep clicking to know more about your favorite author. Jane Austen – Timeline (An English novelist. December 16, 1775 to July 18, 1817)

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  3. 3. Jane Austen – Timeline An English novelist. December 16, 1775 to July 18, 1817
  4. 4. Dec 16, 1775: Jane Austen Born Jane Austen is born in Steventon, England. She is the seventh of eight children born to William and Cassandra Austen, and one of only two daughters. Throughout her life, her older sister, also named Cassandra after her mother, is her closest friend. 1783:First Schooling Cassandra and Jane Austen are sent to Oxford, England to be educated by a private tutor named Ann Cawley. Both girls contract typhoid fever during an outbreak and return home to Steventon.
  5. 5. 1785:Boarding School Austen enrolls in boarding school at Abbey School in Reading. 1786Home School The family's money runs out and Austen returns to Steventon from boarding school. The rest of her education is completed at home from her father's voluminous library. Austen lives with her parents and sister for the rest of her life.
  6. 6. 1793: LADY SUSAN This is an early complete work that the author never submitted for publication, describes the schemes of the main character she seeks a new husband for herself, and one for her daughter. Although the theme, together with the focus on character study and moral issues, is close to Austen's published work its outlook is very different, and the heroine has few parallels in 19th century literature. She is a selfish woman, highly attractive to men, who tries to trap the best possible husband while maintaining a relationship with a married man. She subverts all the standards of the romantic novel, she is not only beautiful but witty, and her suitors are significantly younger than she is. Lady Susan herself is treated more leniently than the adulteress in Mansfield Park, who is severely punished. Rent it from JustBooks
  7. 7. Dec 1795: Austen's First "Love" Austen meets Tom LeFroy, an Irish law student who is the nephew of her neighbor. Austen and LeFroy spend time together during his month-long visit to Steventon. He leaves in January 1796 and soon becomes engaged to someone else, ending whatever relationship they had. Austen writes affectionately of LeFroy to her sister, prompting later speculation that he is the real-life inspiration for her male characters.
  8. 8. Aug 1797: PUFFIN CLASSICS : PRIDE & PREJUDICE First Novel Attempt Austen completes the first draft of First Impressions, the novel that later becomes Pride and Prejudice. It was first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, etc 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 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" . It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature. Rent it from JustBooks
  9. 9. 1801: Austen Family Moves to Bath Austen moves with her parents to the resort town of Bath, England, after her father's retirement from clergy. Dec 2, 1802: An Indecent Proposal Just before her 27th birthday, Jane Austen receives her only marriage proposal. A recent Oxford grad named Harris Bigg- Wither proposes to Austen while she is visiting his sisters. Realizing that the marriage would be good for her family's circumstances, Austen accepts. The next morning, however, she changes her mind and withdraws her acceptance. Bigg-Wither marries two years later; Austen never does.
  10. 10. 1803: Thwarted Novel Austen sells a novel called Susan to a publisher for £10. But the book is never published, and Austen's family later buys back the rights to the work. Jan 21, 1805: Austen Falls on Hard Times Jane's father William George Austen dies, leaving his wife and sisters financially dependent on his sons. The Austen women first rent a house in Bath, then move in with Jane's brother Frank and his wife. Jul 7, 1809: Chawton Cottage Jane and Cassandra Austen and their mother move into Chawton Cottage, a home on an estate owned by their brother Edward.
  11. 11. OCT 1811: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Rent it from JustBooks Sense and Sensibility appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of manners, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England between 1792 and 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged.
  12. 12. MAY 1814: MANSFIELD PARK Rent it from JustBooks It is the most controversial of Austen's major novels. Regency critics praised the novel's wholesome morality, but many modern readers find Fanny's timidity and disapproval of the theatricals difficult to sympathise with and reject the idea that she is a better person for the relative privations of her childhood. Jane Austen's own mother thought Fanny "insipid", and many other readers have found her priggish and unlikeable. Other critics point out that she is a complex personality, perceptive yet given to wishful thinking, and that she shows courage and grows in self-esteem during the latter part of the story. The story contains much social satire, targeted particularly at the two aunts.
  13. 13. Nov 1815: An Awkward Request The librarian of the Prince Regent (later King George IV), a big fan of Austen's work, invites her to the prince's London home and suggests that she dedicate her soon-to-be-published book to him. Austen is not a fan of the prince, but is unable to say no. Emma is published the next month with a dedication to the prince. It is the last novel published in her lifetime.
  14. 14. DEC 1815: EMMA Rent it from JustBooks The official TV tie-in edition to the new four-part BBC1 adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. Emma is wealthy, beautiful, accomplished and a self-proclaimed matchmaker. When Emma meets Harriet Smith, a young girl of unknown parentage, Emma is convinced she can find Harriet a suitable husband. But, in her quest to find Harriet the perfect match, Emma jeopardizes Harriet's happiness and, much to her surprise, her own happiness too. The much-loved Austen novel has been given a fresh look by award-winning writer Sandy Welch. With well- known actors taking the title roles -- Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller are Emma and Mr. Knightley -- this promises to be a very special and enduring adaptation.
  15. 15. 1816: Austen Falls Ill Austen begins to feel the first signs of a long, progressive illness that saps her energy. She continues to work on two novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, but is delayed by her illness and by financial troubles caused by the failure of her brother Henry's bank. May 1817: Death Draws Near A bed-ridden Jane and Cassandra Austen move to Winchester in order to be closer to Austen's doctor. Jul 18, 1817: Jane Austen Dies Jane Austen dies at the age of 41. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
  16. 16. DEC 1817: PERSUASION Rent it from JustBooks Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey
  17. 17. DEC 1817: NORTHANGER ABBEY Rent it from JustBooks Though Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen's earliest novels, it was not published until after her death--well after she'd established her reputation with works such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. the novel is modeled after the day's popular romances and Gothic thrillers, which it then proceeds to ridicule. The heroine is Catherine Morland, who encounters upper-crust society at Bath, falls in love, and becomes targeted by misinformed fortune-seekers. After moving to Northanger Abbey, her imagination goes to work and dreams up mysteries that lead to various social disasters.
  18. 18. 1869: Legacy Revived Austen's nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh publishes a biography of his aunt entitled A Memoir of Jane Austen. The memoir sparks renewed interest in the writer. 1883: Austenolatry The first popular editions of Austen's novels are published, sparking Austen fandom that continues to this day. Critic (and father of Virginia Woolf) Leslie Stephens calls her rabid following "Austenolatry."
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