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Jane Austen's Background (04:08)


Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 and was a very popular English novelist. She wrote many novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility.

The Life and Times of Jane Austen (03:39)

Jane Austen was a highly accomplished writer and musician who was well-educated in the Christian principles of her time. She was also a spirited girl who enjoyed the everyday pleasures available to someone of her class.

Jane Austen's Juvenilia (04:02)

Jane wrote her Juvenilia from age 12 to age 18, and it contained humorous parodies of the literature of her day.

From Outspoken Critic to Cautious Observer (01:51)

Jane Austen wrote about the lives of people in the upper class during the Regency period.

Jane Austen Calls off Engagement (02:29)

Jane Austen was engaged to Harris Bigg Wither but called off the engagement the next morning. In 1805, her father died and the income due to the remaining family was considerably reduced.

Jane Austen's Second Productive Period (04:38)

Jane Austen was very happy when she moved to Shotton cottage in 1809. It was a red brick two-story building with a tiled roof, containing six bedrooms, as well as garrets above for storage or servant's room.

Becoming a Serious Writer (06:48)

Jane Austen was a well-educated woman for her time. She also possessed a good knowledge of French, a familiarity with Italian, and a nodding acquaintance with Latin. Additionally, she was well-read in English Classics and British fiction.

Jane Austen's Ill Health Leads to Death (01:58)

Jane Austen was busy writing in the last 18 months of her life, but ill health caused her to slow down, and several works remained unfinished when she dies on July 18, 1871, at the age of 41.

In Memory of Jane Austen (03:28)

A plaque is placed in the Winchester Cathedral to commemorate her passing. However, the original plaque does not mention her writing.

Embracing Spinsterhood (03:00)

Jane Austen never married. She was a woman of her time and didn't have a dowry. She was uncomfortable with pregnancy and was very clever and perceptive. Her novels reflect these qualities and focus on domestic life in English villages.

Pride and Prejudice (03:56)

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen that tells the story of the Bennet sisters and their love lives. The novel is full of irony, dialogue, and realism, which support the character development and heighten the experience of reading the novel.

Sense and Sensibility (02:14)

The heroine of sensibility, Marianne, falls in love with John Willoughby, but he is in reality an unscrupulous fortune hunter. He deserts her for an heiress, and she is left to learn a dose of sense in a wholly unromantic marriage with a staid and settled bachelor.

Themes in Austen's Novels (02:51)

Jane Austen is a critically acclaimed author who wrote novels that are realistic and focus on the everyday lives of people. Her novels are still popular today and are considered to be some of the best English novels were ever written.

Credits (00:10)


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Jane Austen

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English author Jane Austen lived from 1775 to 1817. Her novels are highly prized not only for their light irony, humor, and depiction of contemporary English country life, but also for their serious underlying qualities. Austen wrote six major novels including "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", and "Emma".

Length: 46 minutes

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Copyright date: ©2006

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