Fun Facts Friday: Jane Austen
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / December 16, 2011

Today is the birthday of author Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817). Ms. Austen is one of the most wildly read authors in English literature whose social commentary has taken on a life of its own. Jane Austen. Drawn by Cassandra Austen circa 1810 Books by Jane Austen 1 ) Jane Austen was the seventh of eight children. 2 ) Jane wrote six complete novels Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. She got to see four of them published. 3 ) Cassandra Leigh Austen married into a lower class, but still gave Jane the sense of social class which one can take from her novels. 4 ) Jane sharpened her comic abilities on her Oxford educated brothers. 5 ) Jane was part of the “Romantic Movement” of the time which was a counter to the conservative movement. 6 ) Pride and Prejudice, which deals with feelings, could be considered part of the Romantic Movement even though it is still rational. 7 ) Jane’s brother Frank was a career man in the British navy. Through him Jane gained her knowledge of life at sea which she wrote about in Persuasion. 8…

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