Jane Austin information from the Jane Austen Centre

Jane Austin is a common mis-spelling of Jane Austen

Jane Austen by Melissa DringJane Austin was born in 1775 at Steveton in Hampshire. She was the youngest of seven children, her father was the Reverend George Austen, her mother, Cassandra Austen. Her Brothers James and Henry eventually became clergymen like her father. Her other brothers Frank and Charles joined the Navy and became successful admirals. Jane Austin has another brother named George who had an unknown disability and was taken care of by a relation of her mother near the Austin household.  Her last brother, Edward was adopted by the Austen’s rich relations, the Knight family and raised as the heir to their vast fortune.  Jane Austin was very close to her only sister, Cassandra. They shared a room their whole life and wrote letters to each other back and forth, some of which still survive today. Jane Austin had a brief flirtation as a young woman, with an Irish gentleman named Tom Lefroy. They spent a good deal of time together until he was taken away by his relations. She was also engaged for one night to a man named Harris Bigg-Wither who would inherit a large estate. However she had second thoughts and after tossing and turning all night, she realized could not marry someone she did not love. In her lifetime Jane Austin completed six novels, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. She also wrote a few short stories including The Watsons, written in about 1805, Lady Susan written around 1790, and Sandition, which was never finished. As a young girl she tried her hand at some plays and parodies for the entertainment of her sister Cassandra. Jane Austin’s family moved around a lot within her lifetime. In 1806 they moved to Bath and stayed with relatives after Jane rejected Harris’s proposal. In 1807, the Austin family settled in Castle Square, Southampton with her brother Frank and his family. In 1809, Jane Austin and her mother and sister move to Chawton, Hampshire when her father dies, to a house owned by her brother Edward. That is her final settlement and where she completed Mansfield Park and Persuasion. Jane Austin falls ill in 1816 and dies 18 July in 1817, in Winchester and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. There are a few films that depict Jane Austin’s life. One is a BBC production, Miss Austen Regrets, which is a slightly grim portrayal of an older Austin, and the 2007 film Becoming Jane which loosely depicts her relationship with Tom Lefroy and the beginning of her career as a writer. Useful Sources: Jane Austen Society of North America Jane Austen Society UK :

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