Jane Austen Influences

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Jane Austen
In the Romantic era, there were many British writers who entertained audiences around the world. Today, their works are considered legendary. Many of these writers were females who not only produced short works, but longer novels as well. Many of these writers had personal experiences that influenced their writing. One of the dominant writers of this era, who found influences through her personal experiences with education and family was Jane Austen. Her life was filled with spending time with her siblings, going to school, and having fun. Austen’s family shaped her into the known author she is today. Her most famous work is Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775 to Reverend George Austen and Cassandra Austen in Hampshire, England. She was the seventh of eight children and the second daughter. Their children listed in order from first born to last are: James, George, Edward, Henry, Cassandra, Francis, Austen, and Charles. In 1783 Austen and her elder sister Cassandra went to Mrs. Crawley’s boarding School in Oxford for their education. At the age of thirty-three, Jane Austen died in Winchester, England; she died on July 18th, 1816 from Addison's disease, which is a medical condition in which the adrenal glands (glands right above the kidney) do not produce enough of certain kinds of hormones (“Addison's Disease”). On the other hand, some researchers say that Austen died from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that attacks the immune system and spreads throughout the rest of the body (“Hodgkin's Lymphoma”). There is also some new research that suggests she may have died of tuberculosis. This was an illness that was more common during the time period in which she lived. People could get it from drinking unpasteurized milk or being exposed to cattle. Austen is buried in Winchester, England in the Winchester Cathedral which is open for visitors. Austen never had any children; in fact, she was young when she died and sadly had not married yet even though most of her works were romantic books and talked about love and getting married, ending with the typical “and they lived happily ever after” (Warren). Jane Austen lived a wondrous and
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