Today, we honor Jane Austen‘s death. As one of the greatest English novelists, her works live on and continue to be some of the most influential literary works in history. They were not, however, always looked at as such. Originally, scholars of English literature did not recognize the value of her work, and it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that her literary achievements were reassessed and appreciated. Most will know Jane Austen for her six famous novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey, the last two of which were published posthumously.
Interesting fact: Just outside of her writing room, there was a creaky swinging door. Jane, however, did not opt to have it fixed, because it gave her warning as to when someone was going to enter the room, thus giving her enough time to hide her work. Towards the end of her life, Jane fell ill, and died on July 18, 1817 at age 41. It’s just under 200 years later, and her novels are still being read all over the world.
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