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Austen, Jane 1775-1817 (by: Fernández Menéndez, Carolina)

Publicado en General, Novel — 28 Febrero 2011 @ 11:36





Did you know? (Curiosities).


  • Biography:

1.     Nationality: English

2.    She was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England, on 16th December 1775

3.   Her life:  In 1783 she received a part of her education by a relative. Between 1785 and 1786 she assisted to a school for misses. She received a better education than the women of her age.

        She started writing for her family when she was a child. She counted from a beginner with a good acceptance for its excellent novels in a time when the romanticism was flat.

        In general, her life was happy and peaceful, apart from a loving disappointment in 1796 with a boy, Tom Lefroy, who couldn’t marry her because of economic reasons.

       Already established as a novelist, she continued living relatively retired and started to have a bad health. It seems that she suffered from Addison’s disease, whose origin is unknown. She travelled to Winchester looking for medical assistance but her disease started to worsen and she died two months after the arrival in the city on 18th July 1817. She was 41 years old. Her last words were “I don’t want anything more than death”. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

4.   She died in Winchester, on 18th July 1817

  • Main Works

1. Sense and Sensibility (1811)

2. Pride and Prejudice (1813)

3. Mansfield Park(1814)

4. Emma (1815)

5. Northanger Abbey (1818, posthumous)

6. Persuasion (1818, posthumous)

       All of them are from a style much more different than romanticism, in force in her age. And they have been taken to the cinema several times.

  • Curiosity

        There aren’t many curiosities about her… But when she was in Chawton, Austen didn’t enjoy the same privacy which she had in Steventon, and it is well known enough the anecdote about the creaked door which Austen asked not to repair, because that informed her of a visit’s arrival, in good time to hide the manuscript she was writing before the visitor appeared into the room.

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