Jane Austen Birth & Childhood:
Jane Austen Death:
Jane Austen Marriage:
Jane Austen Achievements:
Jane Austen Lines from Northanger Abbey:
- Ch. 4
"But are they all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid?"
- Ch. 6
"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome."
- Ch. 14
Jane Austen Lines from Pride and Prejudice:
- Ch. 1
"How pleasant is it to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all this is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tired of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."
- Ch. 11
"I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle."
- Ch. 58
Jane Austen Lines from Persuasion:
- Ch. 16
"One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering."
- Ch. 20
"All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone."
- Ch. 23
Jane Austen Lines from Mansfield Park:
- Ch. 1
"I mean to be too rich to lament or to feel anything of the sort. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it."
- Ch. 22
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody..."
- Ch. 48
Jane Austen Brief Biography:
Austen was shy and withdrawn about her writing. She hid evidence of her writing from view, when anyone happened to come upon her. She was writing in the Romantic Age of poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Sir Walter Scott was creating great romances like Lady of the Lake, Ivanhoe, and The Talisman.
Austen's first work to be published was Sense and Sensibility on October 30, 1811. Other works include: Love and Friendship (1789), A Collection of Letters (1791) Lady Susan (1793-94), Elinor and Marianne (1795), First Impressions (1796-1797), which later became Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (December 1815), Persuasion (1818, published posthumously) Northanger Abbey (originally sold as Susan in 1803, published posthumously in 1818),
Despite Austen's popularity and eventual success with publishing her novels, Austen still received recommendations that she write romances instead.In one letter, she replied to this suggestion, saying, "I could no more write a romance than an epic poem. I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or at other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No, I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other."
As Scott once said, "What a pity such a gifted creature died so early!"