World Literature AE
Jan. 19th. 2013
Safier Fannie, “The Romantic Age”, Adventures in English Literature, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996.
Born at Steventon in Hampshire, a small town in southwest England where her father was rector of the church, Jane Austen’s life wasn’t very noisy and eventful. (Safier 521)
She developed powers of subtle discrimination and shrewd perceptiveness from her her reading, writing and observation of social behavior. (Safier 521)
Most of Jane Austen’s mature work was published when she was lived at Chawton which is a town not far from her birthplace. (Safier 521)
“She died in Winchester, the ancient cathedral town of her native Hampshire. She is buried in the cathedral.
Ian Scott-Kilvert, British Writers, Vol. 4, New York: Charles Scribner’s Son’s, 1981
“Jane Austen’s life was private and uneventful, and by modern standards extraordinary narrow and restricted. Her forty-two years, from 1775 to 1817, were passed entirely among her family and friends. She visited London from time to time, but never mixed in fashionable society and avoided literary circles like the plague: “If I am a wild beast, I cannot help it.” She never married; she never traveled abroad; she was unknown to the public.” (Ian 107)
Her dedication to writing set her pattern of life. (Ian 107)
She spent her childhood in Steventon in Hampshire. Her father was a classical scholar who had a taste for fiction and her mother was famous for her impromptu poems and stories. (Ian 107)
“In 1809, Jane Austen came to her last home, Chawton Cottage, two miles south of Alton on the Winchester road, and not far from Steventon. Here she spent the remaining years of her life. The return to a settled domestic existence seems to have revived her energies. She took up the manuscripts of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice to get them ready for publication.” (Ian 108)
She began to write her seventh novel Sanditon in January 1817, which made her write and revise more than 24,000 words in eight weeks. But by then she was too far into her last illness to continue working. (Ian 108)
A surgen took her to Winchester in May and she died of Addison’s disease at 4:30 on the morning of 18 July. Six days later she was buried in Winchester Cathedral. (Ian 108)
“The course of Jane Austen’s emotional life is obscure. The earliest of her surviving letters date from 1796, when she was twenty-one. They tell us of the parties and dances she went to locally, about visits to London Bath, and to the coast. But there is virtually nothing about her relationships with men. (Ian 108)
Frank N. Magill, Magill’s Survey of World Literature, Vol 1, New York: Marshell Cavendish Corporation, 1993.
“Jane’s closest ties within her family were to her adored older sister, Cassandra. Three years apart in age and the only girls among the eight children, the two were close companions from childhood onward.” (Frank 112)
She started writing when she was eight because of her own love of reading. But when her father died, she appears to abandoned her writing entirely. (Frank 112)
Donald Gray, “Miss Austen”, A Norton Critical Edition Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice, 3rd Edition, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001
Miss Austen’s characters never seem to be fine, but people found that they are all in the same kind of house with the same kind of surroundings. (Donald 291)
“Their poverties, when they have any, are caused in a genteel way by the entail of an estate, or by the premature death of the father without leaving an adequate provision of his lovely and accomplished girls.”(Donald 291)
Donald Gray, “The Critical Faculty of Jane Austen”, A Norton Critical Edition Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice, 3rd Edition, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001
“Her plots always presuppose an organized society of families, of fathers and mothers long married, whose existence has been full filled in...