The Life and Writings of Jane Austen

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During the Romantic era, there were many British writers who captivated audiences around the world. Today, there is an abundance of British writers whose works are considered legendary. One of the dominant writers of this era was that of Jane Austen. Her literary works surpassed greatness. Jane Austen captured the hearts of writers around the world through her English derived stories, comical and witty writing style, and her ability to draw inferences from her personal life into her novels.

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 to George and Cassandra Austen. Her mother, Cassandra Austen, was born to a higher ranked family. But after marrying Mr. Austen, she began a very domestic life. Her father, George Austen, was a reverend and sought to be from a lower rank than her mother, but he managed to take care of the growing family by taking up several jobs, some including farming and working at the rectory. Austen was the seventh of eight children, and was the second, and youngest, girl (www.janeausten.org).

Living in a slightly populated household wasn’t as tough for Austen. She had formed a very close relationship with her elder sister Cassandra (named after her mother Cassandra), her father, and her brother Henry. Because the Austen family was considered to be middle class, her father and mother spent a lot of time trying to provide for their big family, but they did not let their situation alter their family life. The Austen’s indulged in many artistic and creative family activities, valuing creativity, openness, and most importantly, dialogue (www.janeausten.org). These core values played an important role in Austen’s development as a writer.

Austen’s love for literature started at a young age. Coming from a househo...

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