Who is Jane Austen?
Jane Austen (born December 16, 1775 - July 18, 1817) was an English novelist, best known for her six major novels that have become literary classics. Born in Steventon, Hampshire, she was the seventh of eight children of a rector and grew up in a close-knit and literate family.
Austen began writing at an early age and had completed several novels by her early twenties, including "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Mansfield Park." However, it was not until later in her life that she was able to publish her work. "Sense and Sensibility" was published anonymously in 1811, followed by "Pride and Prejudice" in 1813, "Mansfield Park" in 1814, "Emma" in 1815 and "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey" posthumously in 1817.
Austen's novels are known for their wit, social commentary, and exploration of themes such as love, marriage, and class in Georgian and Regency England. Her work is admired for its realistic portrayal of life during this period and for its exploration of the complexities of human relationships.
Austen's novels were well received by critics but did not enjoy great commercial success during her lifetime. However, her work gained popularity in the Victorian era and has continued to be widely read and adapted for stage, film and television. Today, Jane Austen is considered one of the greatest novelists in the English language and is celebrated for her contributions to literature and feminist studies.
Austen died on July 18, 1817, at the age of 41, possibly due to Addison's disease, she was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Her novels continue to be beloved by readers around the world, and her legacy has only grown since her death.
Jane Austen Fast Facts
* Jane Austen was an English novelist and writer, born in 1775, known for her six major novels that are still widely read today: "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," "Mansfield Park," "Emma," "Northanger Abbey," and "Persuasion."
* Her novels are set among the landed gentry of Georgian and Regency England, and are known for their wit, social commentary, and realistic portrayal of character and society.
* Austen's novels were initially published anonymously, and she only revealed her authorship to a small circle of friends and family.
* Austen began writing at a young age, and her first known written piece was a short story titled "Love and Freindship" (spelled as it is in the original manuscript), written when she was 14 years old.
* Though her novels were well received in her time, Austen did not gain widespread fame until after her death in 1817.
* Austen's work was rediscovered in the mid-19th century by literary critics and scholars, and her novels have since become some of the most beloved and widely read works in English literature.
* Austen's novels have been adapted for film and television multiple times, with some of the most famous adaptations being the 1995 BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" starring Colin Firth and the 1996 film adaptation of "Emma" starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
* Austen's life and work has been the subject of numerous biographies, studies and critical essays.
* Austen never married, but her personal letters and writings reveal her deep understanding of human nature and relationships.
* Austen died at the age of 41 in 1817 of an unknown illness, likely to be Addison's disease, and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.
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