Who is Jane Austen, What Are They Education and Interests, Childhood, Family Background?
Jane Austen one of the famous novelists in English literature, and her books are considered as classics. Austen’s most admired work was her novel Pride and Prejudice
Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, in England to George Austen and Cassandra Leigh Austen. The family was tightly knit. Both her parents were from different social ranks.
Austen mother was of a higher social status than her father, her mother did not seem to regret her decision to marry her husband though. However, this divide is a common theme in Austen’s novels. Most characters in her stories belonged to different social classes.
Jane is particularly too close to her sister Cassandra and her brother Henry. And her brother Henry had a great circle of friends. He exposed Jane to a society that usually would not have known. A few years later, he became Jane’s literary agent.
Jane and Cassandra went to their Aunt Ann Cooper Cawley’s house to pursue their education. They attended Abbey School, a boarding school for girls. When Jane’s family could not afford school tuition fee for them, Jane and Cassandra returned home. She taught herself how to speak Italian and French and learned the piano.
Take interests in Poems, Comics, and Articles
When Austen in teen years, Jane wrote poems and stories to entertain her family. She honed her comic skills by writing for her family members. She drafted many articles into three bound notebooks. She published all three notebooks as the collection Juvenalia.
In consists of 29 Plays, Verse and short novels. Austen expressed an interest in theatre and comedy as a kid. She used to do theatrical productions at home with her siblings. Austen’s early works include a comic novel with the internationally misspelt title Love and Friendship, Lady Susan and the satire The History of England.
Austen published her next novel Sense and sensibility 1811. She started working on her novel First Impression after her short romance with Lefroy. This book turned into the ever popular Pride and Prejudice in 1813. The story explained how first impression and pride could lead to Prejudice.
Her next published work was Northanger Abby. It was actually her first polished and ready-to-be-published book in 1803. However, it was not published until after her death in 1817. The story was full of mysteries which took place in Northanger Abbey. This novel gained much success.
Pride and Prejudice, First Modern Novel?
Austen, her novels were liked her children, her writing a story was a long and challenging g process. For example, Pride and Prejudicetook her years to finish. The book wasn’t published until 1813; just like Northanger Abbey. Austen confessed that if she had followed the traditional path of women of her class and society, and became a wife and mother, she would not have been a novelist.
Her popular novel Mansfield Park was published in 1814. It was the story of a poor girl Fanny Price, raised by her wealthy aunt and uncle at Mansfield Park. Many critics praised her novel and called it the ‘First Modern Novel”.
In 1816, she released Emma. Emma was the story of the heroine Emma Woodhouse. Critics liked Austen’s character Emma and praised it as her most complex character. Her final novel, Persuasion was published in 1818. It was a romantic novel revolving around the characters Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth.
Love Life and Married to Irishman
When Jane, age of twenty, she met Tom Lefroy, a young Irishman. They decided to get married. However, Lefroy’s family sent him back home to break the engagement, since she was from a poor household. Her interests in love and marriage led her to meet the wealthy Harris Bigg-Wither at the age of 27. He proposed to her and Austen accepted.
But this she broke the engagement with him. Thus, she remained unmarried for life. But all her novels were heavily populated with themes of marriage and courtship.
Personal Life Story of Jane
Austen’s life revolved around her family and close friends. She thrived as a warm and loving aunt. In early 1816 she started suffering from Addison’s disease. However, she continued to write and revised her work the Elliots and Started work on Sandition which remained incomplete. Austen died on July 8, 1817, at the age of 41.
Conclusion of Jane Austen Life
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Austen gained a significant amount of admires known as “Janeties”. After her death, modern authors wrote a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and endings for Sandition.
Till date, hundreds of literary adoptions of Austen’s Novels as well as many version have been made by industry.