"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Set against the background the Georgian era, Pride and Prejudice is a spirited and romantic novel by Jane Austen. Mr Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire, England with his overbearing wife. The Bennets have 5 daughters one of them being Elizabeth Bennet. In the story, Elizabeth learns a lesson about making hasty judgments. She later comes to lean important life lessons.
About the Author
Jane Austen was born in Hampshire, England in 1775. She was the seventh child of George and Cassandra Austen. Her parents were well-respected community members. Jane's father was an Oxford-educated rector for a nearby Anglican parish. The Austen family was very close and the children grew up in an environment that stressed creative thinking and education. When Jane was young, she and her siblings were encouraged to read from their father's extensive library. As children they also authored and put on plays. Jane Austen took her writing very seriously. She began writing stories, plays and poetry when she was 12 years old. Most of the material she wrote were comedies. She wrote a parody of textbook histories, The History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian, when she was 16 years old. Although she never married, Jane Austen did become engaged, for one night. In her late 20's, she received and accepted a proposal. Jane Austen and her sister were visiting longtime friends at Manydown Park when their friends' brother, Harris Bigg-Wither, made the offer. Jane first accepted, however, she changed her mind overnight, however, and refused the proposal the next morning. The awkwardness of the situation caused her to leave Manydown immediately. Ironically Austen's novels were not widely known in her own time. They gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Now a days there are films made from Jane's books. And some bookstores have entire sections devoted to Jane Austen novels.