Jane Austen and Her Times, 1775 - 1817

Jane Austen and Her Times, 1775 - 1817

by G. E. Mitton


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Inspiring books and movies almost two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is herself a fascinating character. In Jane Austen and Her Times 1775-1817, we meet the woman who sardonically captured Victorian womanhood in such novels as Sense and Sensibility (1811) and Pride and Prejudice (1813).

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775. The seventh of eight children, Jane came from a close-knit family. Her father, George Austen, was rector of Steventon, a small town in Hampshire, England. Educated by a relative first in Oxford and then in Southampton, she eventually attended the Reading Ladies boarding school, which made her more educated than most girls during her time.

By 1801, Austen and her family had moved to the posh city of Bath that became the setting for some of her novels. There, she received a marriage proposal, but in the end she never married. Instead, she moved onto her brother's estate in Chawton. She wrote novels there until ill health forced her to move to Winchster to be closer to a doctor. She died on July 18, 1817.

Beyond the usual details of her life, Jane Austen and Her Times, 1775-1817 expounds upon the clergy, contemporary writers, and the navy. It also features chapters like "Society and Love-Making" and "Dress and Fashion," which are sure to delight the reader. The book, written in 1905, includes twenty-one illustrations, as well as tables and graphs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760784518
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 03/19/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Geraldine Edith Mitton was an English author of such novels as A Bachelor Girl in Burma (1907) and Scott of the Shan Hills (1936). She often collaborated with her husband, the Scottish journalist Sir George Scott, who was influential in colonizing Burma.

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JoB58 More than 1 year ago
This book was written in 1905, so the writing style and subjects discussed are different than in current times. It was very interesting to ready about England and its history during Jane Austen's life, and the prints included in the book were great. It might be a "slow" read for some, but if the reader is a Jane Austen fan, then I would recommend this book.
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I picked up this book at the bargain rack of Barnes and Noble, not sure what I would find. What I did find was a book filled with interesting nuggets from the life of Jane Austen. Not just about her life, but about the times of her life. The interesting thing is that this book was written in 1904 and the love for Austen and her books, especially 'Pride and Prejudice,' was just as strong then as it is now. Since it was written in the early 1900s, some of the comparisons to Jane's time and the author's time is humorous, but it also then gives you a picture of life over a hundred years ago. I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoy reading Jane Austen herself.