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Jane Austen played a key part in English literature, Discuss.

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Jane Austen is one of the most famous classical authors and, although they were written in the 18th and 19th century, her novels still play an important part in our society today. Her novels have never been out of print since they were first published and the themes of her novels are still very relevant today as they were when first written. Jane Austen was born to Reverend George Austen and his wife Cassandra Leigh on 16th December 1775. She was the seventh of eight children, with five brothers and one sister. The family lived in Steventon, a small village in north-east Hampshire. Her family was very much upper-class and she was educated mainly at home. The Reverend encouraged her education in French, Italian and English literature. ...read more.

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Jane Austen spent the first twenty-five years of her life living in Steventon and was shocked when, in 1801, her parents decided to move to Bath. Her father retired and gave the Steventon rectory to his son James. However, Jane Austen was very unhappy living in Bath with her parents and sister Cassandra. She missed the quiet village life she had lived and took badly to living in a busy town. Then, in 1805, her father died, leaving the three women in great financial difficulty. A year later, the Austen's moved to Southampton and in 1809, they moved into Jane's brother Charles's home at Chawton estate. Around the time of her father's death, Jane Austen fell in love with a young man and was left heartbroken when he tragically died. ...read more.

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Austen took inspiration for her books from her own life. For instance, trips to Kent and Bath gave her the settings for 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Northanger Abbey.' Dancing, a favourite pastime of Jane Austen also features heavily in her novels. Unfortunately, Jane Austen contracted Addison's disease, a disorder which affects the kidneys. Although it is now treatable with steroids in Austen's day it was fatal. Austen and her sister travelled to Winchester to be near her physician. It was here that Jane Austen died on the 18yh July 1817, aged 41. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral. Her last novels, 'Persuasion' and 'Northanger abbey' were published posthumously, under her own name. Jane Austen was a brilliant English novelist and her work is still very popular with a wide audience today. She played a key part in English literature and her timeless appeal means she will probably still be enjoyed for years to come. ...read more.

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