Jane Austen

Jane Austen Biography


Born: 16 December in Steventon Rectory, 16 December 1775

Jane Austen was novelist of the early 19th century. She was the second daughter of The Reverend George Austen and his wife Cassandra. Apart from her older sister, also called Cassandra Jane also had 6 brothers.
Even as a child Jane Austen loved writing and she wrote a lot of short stories called the Juvenilia. About 1795 she wrote a novel she called Elinor and Marianne. In the years 1796-97 Jane Austen wrote another novel she called First Impressions. It was later published as Pride and Prejudice. Then in 1798-99 Jane wrote a novel named Susan. It was published posthumously as Northanger Abbey in 1817.
In 1801 Jane Austen moved with her sister and parents to Bath. Jane Austen was a tall, slim woman. In 1802 she received a proposal of marriage from a man named Harris Bigg-Wither. At first Jane accepted but she quickly changed her mind. Jane Austen never married. Her father George Austen died in 1805.
In 1807 Jane Austen moved to Southampton. She lived there until 1809. At that time Southampton was a flourishing port and town with a population of over 8,000. However in 1809 Jane Austen moved to the little village of Chawton in north Hampshire. Then in 1811 Sense and Sensibility was published. Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813. Mansfield Park was published in 1814. Another book called Emma followed in 1816. Meanwhile Jane Austen wrote Persuasion but she died before it could be published. It was published posthumously in 1817. Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817. Jane was 41 years old.
Besides the 6 novels an early nearly finished novel, “Lady Susan” has been published; later filmed as “Love and Friendship”. Two fragments of novels were also left behind. “The Watsons” was abandoned in 1805 and never finished. And at her death she was working on the novel “Sanditon”. Both these fragments have been continued and finished by various other writers; some quite good.

Short Biography
Austen Pride

Novels - finished and unfinished - Chronolgy

1. Lady Susan - finished 1794

First Edition: 1871
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 3,63

Key characters:
Lady Susan Vernon
Frederica Vernon
Catherine Vernon
Charles Vernon
Reginald De Courcy
Lady De Courcy
Alicia Johnson

2. Northanger Abbey- finished 1803

First Edition: - 1818
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 3,84

Key characters:
Catherine Morland
James Morland
Henry Tilney
John Thorpe
Isabella Thorpe
General Tilney
Eleanor Tilney
Frederick Tilney
Mr. Allen

3. The Watsons - unfinished 1805

First Edition: - 1871
Completed by John Coates: - 1958
My rating:
Goodreds rating (Emma Watson / Joan Aiken ): 3,13

Key characters:
Emma Watson
Elisabeth Watson
Pernelope Watson
Margaret Watson
Tom Musgrave
Lord Osbourne
Mr Howard

4. Sense and Sensibility

First Edition: 1811
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 4,08

Key characters:
Elinor Dashwood
Marianne Dashwood
Edward Ferrars
John Willoughby
Colonel Brandon
Henry Dashwood
Mrs Dashwood

5. Pride and Prejudice

First Edition: 1813
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 4,28

Key characters:
Elizabeth Bennet
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Mr. Bennet
Mrs. Bennet
Jane Bennet
Mary Bennet
Catherine "Kitty" Bennet
Lydia Bennet
Charles Bingley
Caroline Bingley

6. Mansfield Park

First Edition: 1814
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 3,86

Key characters:
Fanny Price
Lady Bertram
Mrs Norris
Sir Thomas Bertram
Edmund Bertram
Tom Bertram
Maria Bertram
Julia Bertram
Mr Henry Crawford
Miss Mary Crawford
Mr. James Rushworth
William Price
John Yates
Mrs Grant

7. Emma

First Edition: 1815
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 4,03

Key characters:
Emma Woodhouse
George Knightley
Mr Frank Churchill
Jane Fairfax
Harriet Smith
Robert Martin
Philip Elton
Augusta Elton
Mrs Weston
Mr. Weston
Miss Bates
Mr Henry Woodhouse
Isabella Knightley

8. Persuasion

First Edition: 1817
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 4,14

Key characters:
Sir Walter Elliot
Elizabeth Elliot
Anne Elliot
Mary Musgrove
Charles Musgrove
Lady Russell
Mrs Clay
Captain Frederick Wentworth
Admiral Croft
Sophia Croft
Louisa Musgrove
Henrietta Musgrove
Captain Harville

9. Sanditon - unfinished 1817

First Edition: - 1817
Completed by Anne Telscombe - 1975
My rating:

Goodreds rating: 3,70

Key characters:
Charlotte Heywood
Mr Parker
Mrs Parker
Lady Denham
Sir Edward Denham
Clara Brereton
Ester Denham
Diana Parker
Mrs. Griffiths
Miss Lambe
Louisa Musgrove

Selected Film Adaptions

1. Love and Friendship ( Lady Susan )

Directed Whit Stillman 2016
My rating:

IMDb rating: 6,4

Kate Beckinsale
Xavier Samuel
Emma Greenwell
Morfydd Clark
Jemma Redgrave
Tom Bennett
James Fleet
Justin Edwards
Jenn Murray
Stephen Fry
Chloë Sevigny

2. Northanger Abbey

Directed Jon Jones 2007
My rating:

IMDb rating: 7,2

Felicity Jones
JJ Feild
Carey Mulligan
Hugh O'Conor
Liam Cunningham
Gerry O'Brien
Julia Dearden
Desmond Barrit
Sylvestra Le Touzel
My rating:

3. The Watsons - No film adaptions so far

My rating:
IMDb rating:


4. Sense and Sensibility

Directed Ang Lee 1995
My rating:

IMDb rating: 7,7

Emma Thompson
Alan Rickman
Kate Winslet
Hugh Grant
Robert Hardy
Harriet Walter
Imelda Staunton
Hugh Laurie

5. Pride and Prejudice

Directed Joe Wright 2005
My rating:

IMDb rating: 8,5

Keira Knightley
Matthew Macfadyen
Brenda Blethyn
Donald Sutherland
Tom Hollander
Rosamund Pike
Jena Malone
Talulah Riley
Carey Mulligan
Judi Dench

6. Mansfield Park

Directed Iain B. MacDonald 2007
My rating:

IMDb rating: 6,3

Billie Piper
Michelle Ryan
Blake Ritson
James D'Arcy
Catherine Steadman
Jemma Redgrave
Douglas Hodge
Hayley Atwell
Joseph Beattie
Maggie O'Neill
Joseph Morgan
Rory Kinnear
Julia Joyce
Lucy Hurst
Tara Berwin

7. Emma

Directed Douglas McGrath 1996
My rating:

IMDb rating: 6,7

Gwyneth Paltrow
Toni Collette
Alan Cumming
Ewan McGregor
Greta Scacchi
Juliet Stevenson
Polly Walker
Greta Scacchi
Sophie Thompson
James Cosmo
Denys Hawthorne
Phyllida Law
Karen Westwood

8. Persuasion

Directed Adrian Shergold 2007
My rating:

IMDb rating: 7,5

Sally Hawkins
Rupert Penry-Jones
Julia Davis
Anthony Head

9. Sanditon

Directed Andrew Davies - 2019
My rating:

IMDb rating: 7,8

Amy Burrows
Lucy-Jane Quinlan
Barbara Rudall
Nigel Thomas


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