Jane Austen. A name that is likely to be known amongst readers all around the world. Her works are at the forefront of classic literature and have been for quite some time. Her six novels have been adapted for both the TV and movie screens and continue to be remade. Jane Austen is and always will be one of our all time favorite authors, and her novels will continue to make us laugh, cry, and swoon, for as long as our eyes can read the words on the pages.
200 years ago today, July 18th, 1817, Jane Austen passed away at the age of 41. In order to celebrate her and all that she accomplished in her short 41 years of life, here are 5 facts about our beloved Jane Austen.
1. Jane Austen’s love for writing started at a young age.
She started writing parodies and humorous plays and stories when she was just 12 years old. She had completed first drafts of Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice by the age of 23. According to letters to her sister, she spoke about her novels as if they were her children. She spoke of her novels often, giving updates and sharing her writing experiences with her family.
2. She was engaged for a short while.
"Short" meaning one night. A brother of a close friend proposed to Austen and she accepted. She woke up the next morning and came to the realization that she did not love him and turned him down that day.
3. She was part of a large family.
Austen was one of eight brothers and sisters. She was the youngest girl in the family with six brothers and one sister. Her sister, Cassandra, was one of her closest friends.
5. Speaking of death...
In 1816 she began suffering from an unknown illness that was extremely painful. The illness was never diagnosed and she died a year later at the age of 41. Many today believe Addison’s Disease may have been the cause of Austen’s demise.