Listen&Learn: Jane AustenPosted by: Jaksyn Peacock
- middle class: the group of people who have enough money to live comfortably, but are not rich
- edition: a version of a book
- satire: a type of storytelling that uses humour to criticize parts of society
- reveal: to give new information to the public
- credit: to say that someone is responsible for something
- modern: new, recent
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- Jane Austen was born in
- Her first novel was
a. Sense and Sensibility
b. Pride and Prejudice
- The name Austen originally published under was simply
a. “a writer”
b. “a gentleman”
c. “a lady”
- Why do you think Jane Austen published her novels anonymously? Why might a writer not want to be known?
Jane Austen was an English writer. She was born in 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, to a middle-class family. She began writing when she was only eleven years old. In 1797, she started her first novel, Sense and Sensibility. When she published it in 1811, she didn’t use her own name. The first edition of the book simply claimed to be written “by a lady“. Austen wrote six novels, all of which used satire to criticize social expectations. She earned very little money for her work. Although many of her stories are about love and marriage, Austen never married, which was very unusual for a woman in her time. Her brother, Henry, revealed that Austen was the author of her novels after her death in 1817. Many people credit her with helping to shape the way modern novels are written.
Answers to comprehension questions
1a 2a 3c
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Anand V Desai says:
I think she was happy with her unknown identity.. also may viewers at that time not accept any female writer .
I think she uses anonymously is safety and protect her private.
I agree with Genderson.
to my mind, she decided to publish her work anonymously because she thought that being a woman would have some problems with society by writing sort of things
Mario Sacomano Neto says:
In my opinion the author’s history is fascinating.
I was interested in learning more about Ms. Jane Austen.
I also enjoyed Jaksyn Peacock’s recording. I like her tone of voice.
Sandra Mancera says:
Thanks for the article, I love Jane Austen, I wold like more articles about her.