The Life of Jane Austen

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The Life of Jane Austen The life of Jane Austen is a very interesting story and many would say that Jane Austen wasn’t like the rest. She was an English novelist who was not only successful but also very quiet about her writings and publishments; most of her novels were not open to the public during her lifetime. She was born on December 16th of the year 1775, and she was the seventh child to a well known clergyman and wife. Jane was not educated like most would be; she was homeschooled by her father. Her father had huge libraries in their home and this is what created the school-like feeling of the Austen estate. Jane was a normal, and a quiet young lady but also had the opportunities to live life in the greater world, by the access her many brothers had. She had 5 brothers, which were all a part of something important during Jane’s time period. Two brothers, Charles and Francis, were officers in the Navy, they would travel around the world even seeing action in the Napoleonic wars. Another brother, Henry, had became a clergyman to help out the father. James, the fourth brother, was an officer in the military and then later went on to become a banker. The last brother was adopted by wealthy cousins, who were knights, and soon became their heir and would take their name after death. This was a very good thing for Jane and her sister because this is how they got to live the greater life, in what some would call “royalty.” Many of Jane’s novels had reflected in the life living in the new and “royal” estate (jasna.org). Jane began her writing as a child focusing on comics. Her first mature writing was when she was the age of nineteen; it was called Lady Susan. Jane had wrote this piece in a very unique way. She had wrote it in wha... ... middle of paper ... ...and her stories had continued to be published and then sold even after her death. Many find it unique that she would not let anyone know that it was her who had written the novels, and the fact that it had been kept unknown until after she died amazed thousands (Kunitz & Haycraft, 23). Works Cited "Jane Austen Biography." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "Jane Austen Life Timeline." Jane Austen Timeline. JaneAusten.org, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "The Jane Austen Society of North America." - About Jane Austen. The Jane Austen Society of North America, 9 Mar. 2013. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. Kunitz, Stanley J., and Howard Haycraft. British Authors of the Nineteenth Century: Complete in One Volume with 1000 Biographies and 350 Portraits. New York: Wilson, 1964. 21-23. Print. "Top 10 Facts about Jane Austen." Daily Express Top 10 Facts RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.
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