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Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on the 16th December 1775 in Stevenson, Hampshire, England. Her parents, were Reverend George and Cassandra George.

She wrote six major novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma. The latest film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the television production Pride and Prejudice just prove how popular her work is today.

The early years

Her early writings began in 1787 and then ended in 1793. These were entitled Volume the First, the Second and so on.

Her romantic side

Her love life although filled with speculation, was believed to be sad and strange. In 1802 it was rumoured that she accepted a proposal of marriage from Mr Harris Bigg-Wither, however after a few days she changed her mind. Furthermore there were stories circulated about a man she fell in love with who died during their courtship.

Her sisterly love

Jane’s first novel Sense and Sensibility began as a novel-in-letters called ‘Elixir and Marianne.’ These letters reflect the close bond between that of Jane and her sister Cassandra. It is said that the two sisters were extremely close as children, and into their adult life they wrote to each other on a daily basis. After her sister’s death, Cassandra destroyed most of the letters to protect Jane to protect her privacy.

In 1805 Jane’s father died and by 1811 she was receiving acclaim for her novels. As George IV was one of her largest fans, she dedicated the novel Emma to him.

In 1817 Jane’s health had grown worse from Addison’s Disease and she died on July 18th of the same year.