Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England on December 16, 1775 to George Austen, a rector, and Cassandra Austen. She was the second-youngest of eight, and fell in love with books partially due to her father George’s vast home library. (Makes you wonder how much of Mr. Bennet’s character was inspired by George Austen.)
Jane Austen also put her money where her mouth was and, in 1801 at 27-years-old with no income, turned down a marriage proposal from Harris Bigg-Wither, which while it would have provided her with financial stability did not promise love. You can read more about Jane Austen’s life here.
Austen originally published all of her books anonymously, under the byline, “A Lady.” If you’re wondering why so many Austen inspired works on Amazon are co-authored by ‘A Lady,’ think of it as a homage to Austen’s original pen name!
Inspired by first person, epistolary works of her time, Jane Austen helped invent the third person, limited point of view by allowing readers to hear the characters thoughts as a part of the third person narrative. This is a tool writers of all genres use to this day.
And Jane Austen brewed her own beer. She wasn’t the only Regency-era woman to craft brew, either. Brewing beer was part of women’s lives for centuries. One of Austen’s specialties was spruce beer, a kind of cousin of root beer that contained hops and molasses. You can learn more about Austen’s home brewing here.
In summation, Jane Austen was a popular fiction author and a woman who stood by her convictions. Convictions that imbued her fiction work. I think that’s why her books still touch our hearts.