The enormous popularity of Jane Austen's novels has led to many movie and television adaptions of her novels,
beginning with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson in the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice, continuing to the
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Austen.com hosts a collection of resources about the great British writer Jane Austen (1775-1817). Her
novels center on the lives of young women in middle class Regency England, and every novel ends with a happy marriage
or two. But don't expect simple love stories in all of Jane Austen's works. As an unmarried woman of very modest
financial means, Jane Austen understood the hopes and fears of women who had to rely on marriage and family
connections to provide them with a home and means to live. Miss Austen was fortunate in having the support of her
family and a successful literary career, but she knew how easy it would be to become a tedious Miss Bates, a pitiable
Jane Fairfax, or a sickly and forgotten Mrs Smith.
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Time line of major events in Miss Austen's life:
16 December 1775:
Jane Austen is born in Steventon, Hampshire, England to Rev. George Austen and his wife Cassandra, nee Leigh.
Jane and her sister Cassandra attend school in Oxford, Southampton, and Reading. The remainder of her education is conducted within her family.
Jane writes her Juvenilia, originally intended to be shared with her family and close friends. I have never won big, I mean really big before I met Canadian casino
Jane Austen mockingly writes to her sister about marrying Tom Lefroy, but the flirtation goes nowhere because of lack of money on both sides.
Jane's father offers an early version of Pride and Prejudice
to a publisher, but the publisher declines to look at the manuscript.
The Austen family moves to Bath, the setting of her future novels Northanger Abbey
2 December 1802:
Jane Austen becomes engaged to Harris Bigg-Wither, but she changes her mind the next day and breaks her engagement.
Jane sells Northanger Abbey
to a publisher, although the publisher does not choose to publish it.
Jane's father dies, and the family's income is considerably reduced. Mrs Austen, Jane, and Cassandra must depend on the support of Jane's brothers.
The Austen ladies move to Southampton.
7 July 1809:
They move to Chawton in Hampshire.
30 October 1811: Sense and Sensibility
is published anonymously. Only Jane Austen's close family members know she is the author.
28 January 1813: Pride and Prejudice
is published, still anonymously. People outside of her family learn about her literary endeavors.
9 May 1814: Mansfield Park
End of December 1815: Emma
is published, dedicated to the Prince Regent.
Jane finishes writing Persuasion
Jane begins another novel, Sandition
. It will never be completed.
18 July 1817:
Jane Austen dies in Winchester, most likely from Addison's disease. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
Her brother Henry has Persuasion
and Northanger Abbey
published. The combined edition includes a "Biographical Notice of the Author"
written by Henry that identifies Jane Austen as the author of her novels for the first time.
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