Jane Austen, the English novelist whose works explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security, was born on 16 December 1775, and died at the age of 41 on 18 July 1817,
She began writing when she was 12 and did not stop until ill health forced it upon her.
She possessed a great talent for creativity and self expression and was able to talk about women’s desires and feelings.
Jane wrote of dances and receptions, hopes and desires. Most of all she wrote of love. But she never experienced it directly, although she knew how to describe it in her novels.
Throughout her life, which was composed of a series of quiet, unexceptional events, she was rarely involved in love in the first person, except a youthful flirt with for a certain Tom, and then with a boy met while on holiday, who died tragically .
She never found a Mr Darcy in real life and remained single.
Had she experienced a happy marriage and had a large family to bring up, would she still have found time to write and develop the incredible talent we still appreciate, 200 years after her death?
Would she have reached the great fame that will cause her to appear on the new £10 note that the Bank of England is going to release next September?