Here are ten facts about Jane Austen’s life and literary works.
- She was born on December 16, 1775 in Stevenson Hampshire England
- She is the seventh child, second daughter of Cassandra and George Austen. Her father was an Oxford educated rector for a Anglican parish.
- She began to write in bound notebooks, these notebooks that she had written numerous stories, poems and plays are referred to as Janes Juvenilia.
- Jane wrote numerous stories involving a woman who uses her sexuality, knowledge, and personality to manipulate people into doing what she wants.
- Sense and Sensibility began as a series of letters known as Elinor and Marianne.
- Pride and prejudice was first known as First Impressions.
- In her 30’s after Janes father had passed away and was being bounced around all over the country due to financial restrictions, she began publishing her work under an anonymous name.
- Jane became ill in 1816 when she was only 41, slowly perishing until 1817 when she finally passed away.
- Her brother Henry revealed to the public that Jane was the author after she had passed away.
- In the early 1900’s scholars had begin to recognize her works to be masterpieces, thus establishing her as one of the greatest writers in English history.
All facts from biography.com