“For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
Jane Austen(1775 - 1817)
Curious facts about:
Since her novels were published anonymously, her identity as the author was not known until after her death.
For her first love, Austen got a story worthy of one of her novels -- one that in fact has certain things in common with that of Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. The object of her love, Tom Lefroy, was the Irish nephew of her close friend Anne Lefroy. Knowing that Tom would lose his inheritance if he married a "nobody," Anne Lefroy hurried Tom out of the county when the romance came to her attention. (Tom later became the Chief Justice of Ireland.)
The first two of Jane Austen’s novels, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, which she submitted for publication were met with disdain by publishers. Pride and Prejudice ( known at that time as First Impression) was dismissed out of hand and returned unopened by Cadell publisher in 1797. The other, Northanger Abbey, ( then known as Susan) was bought by Cosby and Co. publishers in 1803. When they didn’t publish it, it was subsequently bought back from them by her brother Henry and it was published by Murray in 1817 after Jane Austen’s death.