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Jane Austen

  • Birth 16 Dec 1775 Steventon, Basingtoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England
  • Death 18 Jul 1817 Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Burial Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Memorial ID 44

Novelist. She was the seventh child and second daughter of the Rev. George Austen. Jane was very close to her older sister, Cassandra-Elizabeth. When she was sent to school, she begged to be sent along with her even though she was too young. Mr. Austen, couldn't really afford their schooling and they were back home after less than three years. Jane was very well educated for a female of that time. She have good knowledge of history as well as a little Latin, Italian and musical training. In 1787 she made the decision to devote all her time to writing. This early work made three volumes of "Juvenilia". In 1791, she wrote a parody of Oliver Goldsmith's "History of England". At age of nineteen, she started work on "Lady Susan", a novel which was her first attempt at a serious theme. It didn't work well in the format she used, but it was good enough to encourage her to keep going. She began another novel in 1795, which was titled "Elinor and Marianne", and in 1796 she start to works on "First Impressions". In August of 1797, she submitted "First Impressions" for publication, and it was turned down. She was not surprised or disappointed. She spent the next two years rewriting "Elinor and Marianne" into "Sense and Sensibility" and starting work on "Susan". About 1800 Jane met the young Harris Bigg-Wither. About a year later, Harris proposed to Jane and she accepted but she changed her mind the very next morning. That was a scandal of that time. In 1805, her father died and her mother and her were now exceedingly poor. In 1810, "Sense and Sensibility" was accepted for publication in condition that the printing costs would be paid by the author. Jane expecting to lose money, but the novel sold quickly and a profit was good. She started to work on "Mansfield Park" and sold "Pride and Prejudice" for publication in 1812. Her next novel "Emma" was published in 1815. In that time her health beginning to fail. She had Addison's Disease. She died on the morning of 18 July 1817, with her beloved sister Cassandra at her side.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jane Austen (16 Dec 1775–18 Jul 1817), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44, citing Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .