#EngKnowledge: Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Good evening, fellas! How was your day today? Mine went pretty well!

I have seen a lot of posts about people’s fave authors lately. Who’s your fave author, fellas?

One of my favorites is Jane Austen. Do you know her? Jane is known for a lot of works like Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and a lot more. Have you ever read any of her novels?

Well, today is actually her birthday. She was born on December 16, 1775 in Hampshire, England. That’s why tonight’s #EngKnowledge is about Jane Austen. If you know things about her, feel free to share.

Jane was a Gregorian era author, best known for her social commentary in novels including Sense dan Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. Those are some of her most popular works.

While Jane was young, she and her siblings were encouraged to read from their father’s library. Ever fascinated by the world of stories, Jane began to write in bound notebooks.

In the 1790s, she started to craft her own novels and wrote Love and Freindship, a parody of romantic fiction organized as a series of love letters. Her early adulthood was spent by helping run the family home, playing piano, attending, church, and socializing with neighbours.

She loved to read out novels to her family, occasionally one she had written herself. She continued to write and with more ambitious works such as Lady Susan,  Elinor and Marianne which would eventually be published as Sense and Sensibility. She also began drafts of First Impressions, which would later be published as Pride and Prejudice.

In 1801, Jane moved to Bath with her parents and her sister, Cassandra. In 1805, her father died after a short illness. In her 30s, Jane started to anonymously publish her works. #JaneAusten #EngKnowledge

In 1816, at the age of 41, Jane stared to become ill with what some say might have been Addison’s disease. Jane’s condition deteriorated to such a degree that she ceased writing. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, Hampshire, England.

Today, Austen is considered one of the greatest writers in English history, both by academics and the general public. In 2002, the British public voted her No. 70 on a list of “100 Most Famous Britons of All Time”.

The popularity of her work is also evident in the many film and TV adaptations of Emma, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, as well as the TV series & film Clueless, which was based on Emma.

Compiled by @FaridArdian for @Englishtips4u on 16 Dec, 2015.

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