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Fall in Love with Jane Austen

It is time to discover or maybe re-discover a favorite author of so many around the world, Jane Austen.

Jane was born on December 16, 1775, at Steventon Rectory in Hampshire, England, the seventh child of a country vicar and his wife, George and Cassandra Austen.  Jane was mostly educated at home and began writing at a young age. Though written years earlier, Sense and Sensibility was finally published in 1811, which identified the author only as “a Lady.” Pride and Prejudice followed in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1815. The title page of each book referred to one or two of Austen’s earlier novels—capitalizing on her growing reputation—but did not provide her name.

Austen began writing the novel that would eventually be titled Persuasion in 1815 and finished it the following year. At this point Jane's health was suffering.

Austen died probably of Addison’s disease on July 18, 1817.  She was 41 years old.

Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published together in December 1817 with a “Biographical Notice” written by Jane’s brother, Henry, in which Jane Austen was, for the first time, identified as the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma.

This amazing woman who came from humble beginnings has created some of the best loved novels ever published.

Below are links to find electronic versions of the books, audiobooks and movies.  You can also check our online catalog and if FRVPLD has a copy you want, put it on hold and then fill out the form for HOME DELIVERY and we will bring it right to your door.  This would be a good time to brush up on your Jane Austen knowledge, because we will be scheduling a FRVPLD Live: Jane Austen Trivia program in the near future.



Sense and Sensibility:  Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?  Overdrive, Hoopla, Axis360

Pride and Prejudice: The story of lively and rebellious Elizabeth Bennet, one of five unmarried daughters living in the countryside of 19th century England, in a world where an advantageous marriage is a woman's sole occupation. Overdrive, Hoopla, Axis360

Mansfield Park:  This Regency drawing-room comedy follows the development of sweet, honest and courageous Fanny Price from the shy little poor girl into the woman who marries her cousin, the goody-goody clergyman Edmund Bertram. Fanny could be looked upon as almost insufferably good, virtuous and dull, if she were not presented with such imagination and placed among the many diverse and interesting people who frequent the house of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram at Mansfield Park.  Overdrive, Hoopla, Axis360

Emma: Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town, In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Overdrive, Hoopla, Axis360

Northanger Abbey:  When young Catherine Morland is invited to Northanger Abbey, a house which seems to come straight from the pages of a Gothic novel, a world of adventure and romance opens up. Over the course of an eventful visit, Catherine learns to see peopole for what they really are and to distinguish reality from fiction.  Overdrive, Hoopla, Axis360

Persuasion: The last novel completed by Jane Austen before her death, Persuasion is often thought to reflect on the author's own lost love. Sir Walter Elliot has raised his three daughters with his own sense of haughty pride. Elizabeth, at twenty-eight, has found no one good enough to marry, while Mary has, with some condescension, married the son of the local squire. The youngest, Anne, was persuaded to throw off her fiancé eight years ago due to his lowly station in life. When Captain Frederick Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars a man of wealth and rank, Anne must confront her remorse and her unrequited love for him as he courts another woman. This is a story of second chances, humility, and the perseverance of love.  Overdrive, Hoopla, Axis360