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Jane Austen Research Paper

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Jane Austen was one of the most under-appreciated authors of her time, partly because of the anonymity with which she published her books, but mostly because her style of her writing. She is commonly known for her romantic novels with characters such as Mark Darcy and Colonel Brandon. Jane Austen’s life was much like the lives of her characters, filled with family and friends and love and loss. Jane Austen was born into a family much like the kinds she so often wrote of: middle class, large, but above all loving. Austen was born December 16, 1775 in Steventon Parsonage Hampshire (Aronson 2). Austen was the seventh child of Reverend George Austen and his wife Cassandra Austen and their second daughter; Austen had five brothers James, Edward, …show more content…

Austen had completed her first draft of the novel then entitled Elinor and Marianne, in 1795 at the age of 20 (Dwyer 23). “Austen rewrote ‘Elinor and Marianne’ in1797 and 1798; she changed the format to a third person narrative to better engage the reader; she also changed the title to ‘Sense and Sensibility” (Aronson 3). Jane Austen got around eighteen rejections for her novel “First Impressions”, she eventually had to change the name to “Pride and Prejudice” because another novel entitled “First Impressions” had already been published (Dwyer 23). Austen had all of her works published anonymously, the author was only said to be “A …show more content…

“In her late teens Austen had received the attention of suitors, and in 1795 she fell in love with Tom Lefroy, they became engaged, but Lefroy broke off the engagement when his family forbade the union” (Aronson 3). Six years, later, in the summer of 1801, Austen fell in love with a clergyman; “After months of harmless flirtations Austen was expecting a proposal” though she never received one because he died rather unexpectedly before he had the change (Dwyer 22). Austen never married though she did have the papers drawn up for the marriage to her and a man that is a work of fiction (Dwyer 20). Just four short years after the death of the clergyman, Austen’s beloved father died leaving her, her mother and her sister with virtually nothing (Dwyer 11). Jane Austen wrote authentic love stories despite her own tragic

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