H I S T O R Y M E M E | 5/6 WOMEN → Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women.
Jane’s brother Henry helped her negotiate with a publisher and her first novel, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, appeared in 1811. Her next novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’, which she described as her “own darling child” received highly favourable reviews. ‘Mansfield Park’ was published in 1814, then ‘Emma’ in 1816. ‘Emma’ was dedicated to the prince regent, an admirer of her work. All of Jane Austen’s novels were published anonymously.
In 1816, Jane began to suffer from ill-health, probably due to Addison’s disease. She travelled to Winchester to receive treatment, and died there on 18 July 1817. Two more novels, ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ were published posthumously and a final novel was left incomplete.
Emma: Chapter 3 Meeting Harriet Smith
not that i think anything ever actually happened, much less that a james mcavoy movie happened, but lawd, is anything cuter than jane austen’s mentionitis in re: tom lefroy
In the first place I hope you will live twenty-three years longer. Mr. Tom Lefroy’s birthday was yesterday, so that you are very near of an age.
I HEARD U HAD A BIRTHDAY. U KNOW WHO ELSE HAS A BIRTHDAY???? TOM LEFROY.
do she luv me, do she luv me not?
What did my arms do before they held you?
— Sylvia Plath