Today marks the 200 year anniversary of the death of the famous British novelist Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817). Author of classics such as Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), along with two additional novels published posthumously in 1818 – Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Jane Austen’s writing brought her little fame during her lifetime but since her death her novels have rarely been out of print, with her witty satires and biting critique of 19th-century English country life earning her much respect as an author.
Fans around the world are being asked to observe a minute’s silence today at 11am BST to honour her life and work.
The Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street is organising a series of events, including free walking tours, to mark the bicentenary of her death:
“The Jane Austen Centre invites all Jane Austen fans around the world to join in this tribute to the greatest female novelist that ever lived.”
Fun fact: Jane Austen liked Bath buns and in a letter to her sister in 1808 wrote, “You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge-cake is to me.”
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