Happy Birthday to Jane Austen, one of my favorite British novelists. Born December 16, 1775 she is a popular as ever. Austen was the seventh child of clergyman George Austen and his wife Georgia, and was very close with her family which was considered part of the lower gentry society. She began writing short satirical, comical stories called juvenilia in her youth. Her serious writing began in her twenties. She tragically died at the young age of 41 and is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
Austen’s works are elegant, witty, romantic realism and often contain a biting social commentary. Although she was not well known in her lifetime, she is an important historical literary figure. Her now well known works have been much studied by scholars and critics, and enjoyed by all. Take the time to revisit one of your favorite Austen titles this month and enjoy a true classic literary gift. Happy Reading!
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires 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.” Pride and Prejudice, 1811.
The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen