20/12/2010

Jane Austen's anniversary

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775 in Hampshire, England. Her father was Reverend George Austen and Jane was the seventh child. Apart from three years of school in Oxford, she was educated at home. Her brother, James, provided reading lists. Early on, she devoted time to writing.


Austen's first work to be published was Sense and Sensibility on October 30, 1811. Other works include: Love and Friendship (1789), A Collection of Letters (1791) Lady Susan (1793-94), Elinor and Marianne (1795), First Impressions (1796-1797), which later became Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (December 1815), Persuasion (1818, published posthumously) Northanger Abbey (originally sold as Susan in 1803, published posthumously in 1818).
Jane Austen is famous principally for her refinement of the English novel. In her works, she mirrored society: manners, customs, and beliefs. She worked magic with the commonplace, seemingly subtle, realities of life.
Brabourne said about her that "she describes men and women exactly as men and women really are, and tells her tale of ordinary, everyday life..."

Source: classiclit.about.com

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