Jane Austen’s Life
On December 16, 1775 in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England, a world famous English novelist was born. Her name was Jane Austen. She was born to George and Cassandra Austen. George was the rector of the Anglican parishes at Steventon, Hampshire, and in another a nearby village. Jane had six brothers and one sister. Their names were James, George, Edward, Henry, Francis, Charles, and Cassandra Elizabeth Austen. When Mrs. Ann Cawley moved to Southampton from Steventon, Hampshire, Cassandra and Jane had to move with Mrs. Cawley to stay educated. Both Cassandra and Jane caught a disease called Typhus in Southampton and Jane nearly died. The girls were then brought back home because the Austens could no longer afford their private education. It was in 1787 when Jane began to write poems, stories, and plays for her own and her family's amusement. Jane later combined "fair copies" of 29 of these early works into three bound notebooks. Jane and her sister, Cassandra, never had their own children but always spoiled their nieces and nephews. Jane Austen then later wrote a short story called Lady Susan. After finshing Lady Susan, she wrote her first full-length novel called Elinor and Marianne. The novel was published in 1811 as Sense and Sensibility, her first real novel. After publishing Sense and Sensibility, she went on to publish other romance novels and classics such as Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and many more. Jane Austen died from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Even though she was diagnosed in 1816, she continued to do what she enjoyed the most: writing books. She wrote until she no longer could and died unmarried, like her sister Cassandra on July 18, 1817. She was 41. Although Jane Austen's life was short, she left a lasting memory that carried on through the ages. Today, we know of her works to be classic and timeless.
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