Author. She was the seventh child and second daughter of the Reverend 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 had a 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.
Bio by: Jelena
In Memory of
youngest daughter of the late
Rev. GEORGE AUSTEN
formerly Rector of Steventon in this Count.
She departed this Life in the 18th of July 1817,
aged 41, after a long illness supported with
the patience and the hopes of a Christian.
The benevolence of her heart,
the sweetness of her temper, and
the extraordinary endowments of her mind
obtained the regard of all who knew her and
the warmest love of her intimate connections.
Their grief is in proportion to their affection
they know their loss to be irreparable,
but in their deepest affliction they are now consoled
by a firm though humble hope that her charity,
devotion, faith and purity, have rendered
her soul acceptable in the sight of her