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Jane Austen's background
She was born in ...(1)... 1775 and lived just 41 years until she
died in July 1817. They only went to school in fact for 3 years though we
think that a lot of education was probably done by father and mother at
home because both of them had ...(2)... backgrounds. And it is from
this comparatively modest start that she grows up to be the person who many
in England at any rate, would put alongside Shakespeare and Dickens as one
of England’s greatest writers.
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A successful woman!
It certainly was unusual for a woman to indulge in a professional skill
such as novel writing though indeed there had been women novelists before
Jane Austen. However, Jane Austen takes the whole development of novel writing
a major ...(3)... forward, in effect all Jane’s stories involve a
highly accurate socio-historical picture of what was going on around her
in her own middle class society in England at the time.
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Still popular today
I think there are a ...(4)... of factors that come in to her popularity
today because she is without question even today a best seller. I think
that people enjoy the characters, or the character ...(5)...
that she describes because they are timeless. There are characters that
are serious, yes, there are characters who are romantic and there are characters
who are absolute comedy. There’s no doubt about it that if you look around
today you could still find those characters even in modern settings. The
other factor perhaps is a little bit of ...(6).... Everyone knows
that in Jane Austen’s writing you’re in a safe family story. There’s no
unnecessary violence, now and then family accidents but people generally
recover. It’s a safe story which will have a happy ending eventually.
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Jane Austen and Winchester
By late 1816 she had become ...(7).... The local apothecary here
in Alton had really got no idea but the family knew well a friend of high
repute living in Winchester, Dr Lyford. So in May 1817 Cassandra (her
sister) took her to Winchester, they took some lodgings at number 8 College
Street, just ...(8)... the Cathedral there and Dr Lyford attended
her. But sadly there was nothing he could do and it all took a hold very
quickly and she died really in Cassandra’s arms in the early hours of
the 18th July 1817 so she’s buried in Winchester Cathedral.
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