10+1 Facts about Jane Austen

You might have read none of her books, you might dislike her writing, her characters and you might love her. Either way, Jane Austen is one of those writers everyone knows. How well do we know her, though?

  1. She was one out of eight children.

    Austen was born and raised in this house, until she was 23 years old.1450390271-1-jane-austen-home

  2. Austen’s mother was from a higher social rank than her father.

  3. She had two great loves in her lifetime.

    The first one was with Tom Lefroy and was a source of inspiration for Sense and Sensibility. He was the nephew of a friend, but that friend later broke off the relationship because she knew if he married a “nobody” he’d lose his inheritance. The second was with a young clergyman she met while vacationing on the coast at Sidmouth in Devon. While it’s believed he planned to propose to Austen, he died unexpectedly before that could happen.

  4. She never married — but once accepted, then rescinded, a proposal.

    A wealthy man six years her junior proposed, however Austen found him ill-mannered and quick-tempered so after a sleepless night she called off the engagement, which resulted in quite the scandal.

  5. By 23 she’d already completed the original versions of three books.

    Those novels include Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.

  6. In 1816, she got a painful illness that was never diagnosed.

  7. She only mentioned three people in her will.

    Even though her family was quite large, only Austen’s brother Henry (who had lost a lot of his savings), sister Cassandra, and (strangely) Madame Bigeon, the secretary of Henry’s late wife got a nod in her will. Talk about a plot twist.Even though her family was quite large, only Austen’s brother Henry (who had lost a lot of his savings), sister Cassandra, and (strangely) Madame Bigeon, the secretary of Henry’s late wife got a nod in her will.

  8. She only saw four of her six novels published in her lifetime.

    The two books that were released after her passing was Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

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  1. No one knew she wrote her books until after her death.

    Her brother Henry was one that revealed her true identity.

  2. The title of “Pride and Prejudice” was inspired by the book “Cecilia” by Fanny Burney.

  3. Many of her novels have been adapted — and reimagined — as films.

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