Jane Austen Facts

Jane Austen Facts
Jane Austen was an English romance novelist, born on December 16th, 1775 in Hampshire, England. Her parents were George Austen and Cassandra Austen, who married on April 26th, 1764. Her father was the rector of the Steventon, Hampshire's Anglican churches, and taught male boarders at his home. Jane Austen had six brothers (James, George, Edward, Henry Thomas, Francis William, and Charles), and one sister Cassandra Elizabeth. Jane and her sister were sent to be educated in Oxford, but serious illness and subsequent financial trouble resulted in home education. Jane began writing in about 1787.
Interesting Jane Austen Facts:
While in Oxford Jane and her sister Cassandra became very ill with typhus and Jane almost died.
It is believed that Jane Austen began writing poetry and short stories in 1787, sharing them as entertainment for her family.
Jane Austen's first love was Tom Lefroy. Jane was friends with his aunt Anne Lefroy. When Anne learned of the romance she sent Tom away. Had he married a 'nobody' he would have lost his inheritance.
In 1801 Jane Austen fell in love with a clergyman while she was on vacation on Devon. He made plans to meet her family again later, which was a sign of pending proposal. He died before they could reunite.
By the time Jane Austen was 23 she had completed the original versions of the novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey.
Anne was proposed to by the brother of one of her close friends. She turned him down the next day because she realized she was not in love with him.
In 1806 Jane, her sister Cassandra, Mrs. Austen and a friend moved to Chawton, where Jane wrote every day.
In Chawton Jane revised her earlier manuscripts for Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility.
All of Jane Austen's work was published anonymously while she was alive. Pride and Prejudice was credited to: The Author of Sense and Sensibility. Sense and Sensibility had been credited as: By a Lady.
Jane Austen wrote six novels in her lifetime including Sense and Sensibility (published in 1811), Pride and Prejudice (published in 1813), Mansfield Park (published in 1814), Emma (published in 1815), Northanger Abbey (published in 1818), and Persuasion (published in 1818).
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published after Jane Austen passed away.
Jane Austen wrote short fiction including Lady Susan, as well as poems, plays, prayers, and letters.
Unfinished fiction that Jane Austen started she could complete before she died includes The Watsons and Sanditon.
Jane Austen earned a total of L684.13 from her writing while she was alive.
Jane Austen had three volumes of fiction stories titled Juvenilia - Volume the First, Juvenilia - Volume the Second, and Juvenilia - Volume the Third.
Jane Austen died at the age of 41, on July 18th, 1817. She had developed a painful illness that is still a mystery today. Some believe that it may have been a tubercular kidney disease called Addison's Disease, or Hodgkin's lymphoma, or even a relapse of typhus which nearly killed her as a child.

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