I remember reading Pride and Prejudice as an 18-year-old and loving it. This is almost 30 years ago. I wonder what it would be like to read it as an ancient woman? Another thing I wonder about is what Jane Austen would have thought of her own novels if she had been a practising author today.
Jane was very close to her older sister,, who remained her faithful editor and critic throughout her life. The girls had five years of formal schooling, then studied with their father. Jane read voraciously and began writing stories as early as age 12, completing a novella at age 14.
Austen’s quiet, happy world was disrupted when her parents suddenly decided to retire to Bath in 1801. Jane hated the resort town and found herself without the time or peace and quiet required to write. Instead, she amused herself by making close observations of ridiculous society manners. After her father’s death in 1805, Jane, her mother, and sister lived with one of her brothers until 1808, when another brother provided them a permanent…
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