Jane Austen (1775-1817) – Novelist
Jane Austen was an English author whose works of literature earned her a place as one of the most widely known writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary, as well as acclaimed plots, have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. “Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry.” Due to social stigmas against educating women, she was educated by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. she achieved success as published writer.
Austen had been ill the last eighteen months of her life, but continued to write until just three months prior to her death. At that time Jane Austen wrote her Last Will and Testament bequeathing everything she possessed to her sister Cassandra Elizabeth, £50 to her brother Henry, and £50 to Madame de Bigeon. She also appointed her sister to be Executrix of her Will.
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