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It is wrong to conclude that Jane Austen lived during an uneventful period in history Her short life took place in the reign of George III and had several important events and changes as its background Sherry10 She is known for her witty and penetrating portrayals of provincial society Austen It is possible to understand or misunderstand Jane Austens works for her art is such that one can only read on the surface and miss much of what exists underneath Sherry10 Jane Austens life and novels have influenced movies based on the content of her books Jane Austen daughter of Cassandra Leigh Austen was born on December 161775 in a small village called Steventon in England Austen Jane was the seventh of eight children in an extraordinarily close affectionate intelligent and lively family Austen Her father was a rector so many of Janes years were spent at a rectory When Jane was about seven she and her sister Cassandra went through several years of formal education first at a private school in Oxford and then at Southampton and later at the Abbey School in Reading Magill 110 By the time she was nine Jane was back at home again and her formal education had come to and end Sherry14 The person Jane was closest to within her family was her older sister Cassandra They were three years apart and the only girls among the eight children Magill 112 For their education after that the sisters must have depended largely upon their father and brothers the cultured atmosphere of their home and their contacts with relatives This did not provide them with poor education in their home they were always encouraged to read This reading was not only to oneself but
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