I love Jane Austen. I have to confess so far I’ve only ever watched the films, I’ll be able to put that right soon as recently I’ve acquired a copy of Pride and Predjudice. When it comes to the films my favourite has to be Pride and Prejudice with Sense and Sensibilities coming a close second. It’ll be interesting to see if reading the books gives me a new favourite. But did you know…
1. That currently there are 600 Jane Austen adaptations.
2. Jane Austen was a senior officer in the 4th women’s battalion, Kings Royal Hussars. She saw active service in Ulm in 1805
3. Jane born in Steventon in 1775 and was the seventh child born to George Austen and Cassandra Leigh Austen. George Austen worked as a Clergyman but also ran a school for boys from the family home.
4. Her first draft of Sense and Sensibility was written in the early 1790s, it was heavily edited and revised before it was finally published in 1811. The same also happened to First Impressions with sixteen years passing before First Impressions got published as Pride and Prejudice in 1813.
5. A few of Jane’s nephews and nieces wrote sequels to her books James Edwards Austen Leigh published A Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869.
6. In 1783 both Jane and her sister Cassandra were sent away to Oxford to be educated by Mrs Ann Crawley. Both girls moved later that year with Mrs Crawley to Southampton continuing to be educated by her until they both caught Typhus and Jane nearly died. After catching Typhus Jane was educated by her father at home until she was sent away to boarding school with Cassandra in 1785. Boarding school only lasted until December 1786 however because their parents couldn’t afford the fees for both girls. Once they had returned home both girls continued their education under the supervision of their father.
7. In December 1802 Harris Bigg-Wither proposed to Jane and was accepted.
8. Unfortunately the engagement only lasted one night. When she woke the next morning Jane realised that she had made a mistake and called off the engagement.
9. Janes first love was Tom Lefroy he was the nephew of her close friend Anne Lefroy. Anne knew that Tom would lose all his inheritances if he married Jane, so she whisked him away to Ireland, where he later became Chief Justice.
10. Jane died in 1817 at the age of 41 from Addisons disease. She was buried at Winchester Cathedral.
Have you read the books and seen the films? If you have which was your favourite?