Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire as the 7th child of reverend George Austen and his wife Kassandra. She was a famous English novelist.
Biography and Career :
Between the years 1785-1786 she studied with his sister Kassandra at the pension of Reading.
The sister's education was completed with piano and drawing lessons.
She wrote "Juvenilia" between the years 1787-1793, which is group of stories, a part of them with a satirical character about the literature of that time. Three of them "Elinor and Marianne", "The First Impressions" and "Susan" would become later 3 of her famous novels: "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Northanger Abbey".
Her father tried to give to an editor the handwriting "First Impressions" but he did
n't even looked over it.
In 1803 Jane Austen sold for 10 pounds the novel "Northanger Abbey" but the editor didn't publish it and it would be published in 1817.
In January 1805 George Austen died and the two sisters with their mother had to continue their life with few money.
In 1811 she published "Sense and Sensibility" and signed it as "by a lady" and got a profit of 140 pounds.
In 1813 appeared "Pride and Prejudice" and won another 110 pounds.
One year later in 1814 appeared "Mansfield Park" and in 6 months the first edition was over.
In 1815 December was published "Emma" which was dedicated to the regent prince and it was a success.
After she got ill in 1816 she passed away in 1818 in Winchester by Addison's disease.
Important Works :
- 1811 "Sense and Sensibility"
- 1813 "Pride and Prejudice"
- 1814 "Mansfield Park"
- 1816 "Emma"
- 1817 "Northanger Abbey"
- 1817 "Persuasion"
Shorter works :
- "Lady Susan" (novella)
- "The Watsons" (incomplete novel)
- "Sanditon" (incomplete novel)
- The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.
- It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
- A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
- Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
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