My Historic Figure, Jane Austen

Topics: Jane Austen, Novel, Pride and Prejudice Pages: 2 (789 words) Published: May 21, 2013
Jane Austen

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice This is one of my favorite quotes from my favorite author, Jane Austen. Jane Austen was a famous British novelist. She wrote romantic fictions, later on, Austen’s novels have become very important to English literature because of their realism and biting social commentary. Austen is one of the historic figures so this essay is about the life of Jane Austen and her works.

Jane Austen was born in 1775, on December 16th in Steventon, Hamshire, England, UK. Her parents, Rev. George Austen and Cassandra Leigh had 8 children, she was the seventh and she had 1 sister, Cassandra, who was older than her and 6 brothers. She spent her childhood with her siblings, family and other neighborhood kids. She was educated for most of her young life at home by her parents. She learned to play the piano, to draw and to write. She also enjoyed social activities like dances, balls and parties. She preferred the countryside to the city. She loved country life and enjoyed taking long walks. After her father retired in 1801, the Austens moved to Bath. The family had financial problems when her father died in 1805 so they had to move several more times until they settled in Chawton, Hamshire. The love life of Jane Austen, Jane was once in love with a young man but unfortunately, no one really know the truth about what happened to them. Some sources said that the man died and another said that they were intercepted and he was kept away from her by his family so she never saw him ever again in her life. Her love life is dramatic, unlike the stories she wrote. She began to write at the age of 14 and Love and Friendship (sic) was her first story. She wrote 6 novels ; Sense and Sensibility (Published in 1811), Pride and...
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