Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bonus Writer # 3: Jane Austen

From the Jane Austen Society of Australia´s site:

Jane Austen was a major English novelist, whose brilliantly witty, elegantly structured satirical fiction marks the transition in English literature from 18th century neo-classicism to 19th century romanticism.

Jane Austen was born on 16 December, 1775, at a rectory in Hampshire. The seventh of eight children of the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra, she was educated mainly at home and never lived apart from her family.

She revised Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice which she had written in her twenties and published them ( in 1811 and 1813) and then embarked on a period of intense productivity. Mansfield Park came out in 1814, followed by Emma in 1816 and she completed Persuasion (which was published together with Northanger Abbey in 1818, the year after her death). None of the books published in her life-time had her name on them — they were described as being written "By a Lady". In the winter of 1816 she started Sanditon, but illness prevented its completion.

Jane Austen had contracted Addisons Disease, a tubercular disease of the kidneys. Tragically, there was then no cure and Jane Austen died in her sister's arms in the early hours of 18 July, 1817. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

I read a lot of books by Jane Austen while we lived in Chester (UK). I got them all from the library and enjoyed Austen´s prose immensely. What an elegant use of language! I bought "Northanger Abbey" just before coming home. It was the story I had liked best and I wanted to take a sample of her writing home.

The whole bottom design scraplifted from Clare Brown, who scraplifted the concept from Kirsty Wiseman (yes, you are right, she is the one who started the Scrap yourself campaign)

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