So begins one of the most famous opening sentences in English literature, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen and seems to us to be the perfect time to offer a Sticker Factory salute to this outstanding author in the form of some fascinating facts. Grab your best bonnet and take a chaise and four, and read on to find out more about this remarkable lady.
1. One of Jane’s brothers was reputed to be deaf and there is some evidence that she learnt sign language to be able to communicate with him.
2. She was very good the game ‘bilbocatch’, similar to the modern ‘cup and ball’, apparently once catching the ball 100 times in a row and only stopping because her arm ached.
3. The Prince Regent was a big fan of Austen and suggested that she should dedicate a novel to him. Jane, not a fan of the Prince, did indeed dedicate her novel Emma to him, but wrote a very sarcastic, and funny, dedication.
4. Austen had already written the basic outlines for three of her novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey) by the time she was 23.
5. Jane Austen’s memorial in Winchester Cathedral does not mention her writing. Although she had a number of novels published during her lifetime it wasn’t until after her death that they became famous worldwide. A subsequent plaque was erected next to her grave by her nephew (and is visited by thousands of people every year).
Facts courtesy of: http://www.historyextra.com/article/culture/8-surprising-facts-jane-austen