One of my favourite Jane Austen locations is the beautiful Lyme Regis ❤️Tour members continued to "seek adventures abroad," exploring Lyme Regis, Bath, and Blaise Castle in Bristol. ... See MoreSee Less
ON THIS DAY: On the 18th July 1817 Jane Austen died - she had been ill for some time. There are many theories but the exact nature of Jane's illness and cause of death are unknown.
Jane was only 41 and in the last 8 years of her life in Chawton, Hampshire, she finally achieved her goal and became a published author. Jane lived to see Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma published. Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published posthumously.
Jane wrote anonymously and while her novels were well received (she would have known she was a successful writer) she didn't receive any public recognition or accolades. She certainly wouldn't have predicted she would become a global superstar.
Jane Austen's legacy is stronger than ever. Millions of people around the world enjoy her work and there have been over 70 movies or television series and thousands of fan fiction novels inspired by Jane's life, stories and characters. Tens of thousands gather every year at Jane Austen book clubs, societies, talks, performances and festivals and the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation (run entirely by volunteers from the community) raises money to fund literacy projects around the world.
How lucky we are that Jane Austen was determined and did not give up on her dream.
Caroline Jane Knight Founder & Chair Jane Austen Literacy Foundation (Jane Austen's fifth great niece) ... See MoreSee Less