Yesterday marked the day that Jane Austen died. She was only 41 years old.
In her lifetime, she saw four of her books published: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. Her first and last novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published posthumously.
In the 198 years since her passing, her name and her writing has become legendary. Her writing has become synonymous with romantic comedy and romantic drama. Her characters leap right off the page. Millions of readers return to her books multiple times over when they need a break from the real world and it’s troubles.
She inspired and continues to inspire generations of female writers.
Her books have been adapted in unanticipated ways: Bollywood (Bride and Prejudice, Aisha), multi media platform (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), murder mysteries (Death Comes To Pemberley) and much more.
Her books bring about passionate debates about characters and story lines.
Modern writers have tried to emulate her writing, but there are only a few who can truly replicate her magic with a quill and paper.
In short, while her physical form is no longer of this world, her spirit and her writing lives on.
Long live Jane Austen!