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Jane Austen’S Biography

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Jane Austen's biography

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Jane Austen’S Biography

  1. 1. Jane Austen’s biography
  2. 2. <ul><li>She is one of the most widely read </li></ul><ul><li>and best-loved writer </li></ul><ul><li>in British literature. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Jane Austen was born on December </li></ul><ul><li>16, 1775, in the small village of </li></ul><ul><li>Steventon in Hampshire, England. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Her childhood was happy: </li></ul><ul><li>her home was full of books, </li></ul><ul><li>and many friends and relatives. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Her parents encouraged both their </li></ul><ul><li>children’s intellectual interests... </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>... and passion </li></ul><ul><li>for producing and performing </li></ul><ul><li>in amateur theatricals. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Austen’s closest relationship was </li></ul><ul><li>with her only sister, </li></ul><ul><li>Cassandra. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Jane Austen – watercolour produced by her sister, Cassandra
  9. 10. <ul><li>From about twelve years old, Jane </li></ul><ul><li>began writing spirited parodies of the </li></ul><ul><li>popular Gothic... </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>... and sentimental fiction </li></ul><ul><li>for the amusement of her family. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>These early works reveal in nascent </li></ul><ul><li>form many of her literary gifts: </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>... particularly her ironic sensibility, </li></ul><ul><li>wit, and gift for comedy. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Serious works began around 1794: </li></ul><ul><li>Lady Susan , </li></ul><ul><li>Elinor and Marianne </li></ul><ul><li>and First Impressions . </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>In 1797, First Impressions ( Pride and </li></ul><ul><li>Prejudice ) was offered to a publisher </li></ul><ul><li>by Jane Austen’s father... </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>... but the publisher </li></ul><ul><li>declined to even </li></ul><ul><li>look at the manuscript. </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>After her father’s death, Jane, </li></ul><ul><li>Cassandra and her mother became </li></ul><ul><li>dependent on support from the </li></ul><ul><li>Austen brothers. </li></ul>
  17. 18. In 1808, they moved to a cottage in Chawton, which is today a museum.
  18. 19. <ul><li>Jane Austen revised her earlier works </li></ul><ul><li>which were entitled: </li></ul><ul><li>Sense and Sensibility (1811) and </li></ul><ul><li>Pride and Prejudice (1813). </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>She also wrote </li></ul><ul><li>Mansfield Park (1814) </li></ul><ul><li>and Emma (1815). </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>In 1816, Jane Austen’s health </li></ul><ul><li>began to fail. </li></ul><ul><li>She died at the age of 41 </li></ul><ul><li>on July 18, 1817. </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>She loved balls, music, country walks, </li></ul><ul><li>conversation, children, novels. </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>Her works were concerned with </li></ul><ul><li>courtship, love and marriage </li></ul><ul><li>but she never married. </li></ul>
  23. 25. <ul><li>All Jane Austen’s work lifetime </li></ul><ul><li>appeared in print anonymously. </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Just few months following her death a </li></ul><ul><li>biographical notice appeared in the </li></ul><ul><li>books revealing her name. </li></ul>
  25. 27. <ul><li>She lived in privacy and, after her </li></ul><ul><li>death, her family censored and </li></ul><ul><li>destroyed many of her letters. </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>On her grave </li></ul><ul><li>there was no mention of </li></ul><ul><li>her writings... </li></ul>
  27. 29. <ul><li>... just an allusion to </li></ul><ul><li>“ the extraordinary endowments </li></ul><ul><li>of her mind. ” </li></ul>
  28. 30. <ul><li>She represented </li></ul><ul><li>the ordinary world </li></ul><ul><li>of men and women </li></ul><ul><li>as it was... </li></ul>
  29. 31. <ul><li>... a place where love </li></ul><ul><li>and romance were constrained </li></ul><ul><li>by economics and human </li></ul><ul><li>imperfection... </li></ul>
  30. 32. <ul><li>... a place where characters were </li></ul><ul><li>never simply good or evil but more </li></ul><ul><li>complicated amalgams, reflecting both </li></ul><ul><li>their own moral nature... </li></ul>
  31. 33. <ul><li>... and the virtues </li></ul><ul><li>and failings of the families and society </li></ul><ul><li>that shaped them. </li></ul>
  32. 34. <ul><li>Because Jane Austen is still in tune </li></ul><ul><li>with today’s sensibilities, </li></ul><ul><li>her novels have been adapted to </li></ul><ul><li>many movies... </li></ul>
  33. 35. <ul><li>The more recent are... </li></ul>
  34. 36. (1995)
  35. 37. (1996)
  36. 38. (1999)
  37. 39. (2005)
  38. 40. (2007) (tv)
  39. 41. (2007) (tv)
  40. 42. (2007)
  41. 43. <ul><li>And others had </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Austen’s novel </li></ul><ul><li>like background... </li></ul>
  42. 44. (1998) Paraphrasing Pride and Prejudice ...
  43. 45. (2006) Paraphrasing Persuasion ...
  44. 46. (2007) ... paraphrasing five of her novels. ... And...
  45. 47. <ul><li>Jane Austen’s works are full of </li></ul><ul><li>intelligence and precisely crafted to </li></ul><ul><li>convey its often subtle meaning. </li></ul>
  46. 48. <ul><li>. . . </li></ul>
  47. 49. <ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/janelife.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/ </li></ul>
  48. 50. <ul><li>19th Century English Literature </li></ul>

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