Born and Died: Born December 16th, 1775. Died on July 18th, 1817 in Winchester at age 42, and was buried at Winchester Cathedral.
Author’s Profession: She was an author her whole life.
Other Works by Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Catherine, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.
Other Important Information: Reading, writing, acting, and creativity was encouraged in her home as a child. Jane’s father left his library and writing utensils open to her and all of her siblings. She attended a boarding school. At age 12, she began writing bits of her own stories to be kept in a notebook for future books. She began writing satirical comedies, plays, and more works connected to literature she had been reading in school. In 1795, she fell in love for the first time with her neighbors nephew, Tom Lefroy, though soon after each of their families did everything to keep them apart. After graduating from her boarding school she began and finished a first draft of Pride and Prejudice, then known as First Impressions, in 1799. In 1802 a man named Mr. Bigg-Wither proposed. At first she accepted knowing that he was to inherit a large real estate and had a sizeable sum of money, but the next day told him no, because she did not feel any romanticism towards him. In her book Pride and Prejudice, you will notice a similar theme of marrying for love, not money. She wrote many books, which nearly all had troubles getting them pushed into publishing until the second time she encountered the publisher who initially turned her away, Thomas Egerton, who published her work Sense and Sensibility and finally Pride and Prejudice, then Mansfield Park. Then she turned to another publisher to publish Emma, then later Catherine, which was originally called Susan. With her health rapidly declining, and her newest work, The Brothers only 12 chapter written, she never finished before her death. Her brother and sister, Henry and Cassandra worked to publish Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (which was originally called The Elliots) before her death. This is when her name first appeared on her works, previously only stating: “By the Author of Sense and Sensibility”
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