Austen, Jane

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Austen, Jane Gender: F
born on 16 December 1775 at 23:45 (= 11:45 PM )
Place Steveston, England, 51n05, 1w20
Timezone LMT m1w20 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 24°57' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 14°56 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 24°06'


British writer, the first renowned female novelist of England. The seventh of eight kids born to a scholarly village rector, she wrote from age 12 with her first novel at 15. For family entertainment, the entire family would tell stories, stimulating her young imagination. Her father was a kindly, reserved cleric and her mother, witty. She had six brothers and a beloved sister, Cassandra.

There were few opportunities available to a young woman in that time and place; women were not even allowed into the universities. Jane had two years of formal education. As a young girl she was as high-spirited and silly as any and had several suitors. Her flirtation with the attractive but impecunious Tom Lefroy, whose family insisted that he marry money, set neighborhood tongues wagging. Later, she suffered a deeper embarrassment in first accepting, then rejecting the very next morning, the proposal of Harris Wither, who was suitable from a social viewpoint, but not to her romantic heart. She remained a lifelong spinster, later becoming somewhat tight-lipped with chastity.

She had six novels published from 1811, a remarkable accomplishment for a woman in that era, including "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma," "Sense and Sensibility" and "Persuasion." Her health failed in 1815, probably from Addison's disease, and she died peacefully at home on 6/18/1817, 4:30 AM, Winchester, England.

With movies made of her works, she had an unexpected resurgence of popularity in the late 1990s.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of West, Jane (born 30 April 1758)
  • other kind of relationship with Chapman, Robert (born 5 October 1881). Notes: Editor and collector of Austen's works


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1811 (First of six novels published)
  • Health : Chronic illness 1815 (Health started failing, possibly Addison's disease)

Source Notes

Eshelman quotes Pagan's "Pioneer to Poet," "A letter from her father announced the birth as "before midnight." She was born in Hampshire, a village near Basingstoke, England, given as Stevetson by Elisabeth Pagan.

Biography: Valerie Grosvenor Myer, "Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart," Arcade Publishing Inc.

Biography: David Nokes, "Jane Austen: A Life," Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Biography: Carole Shields, "Jane Austen."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Ill, possibly Addison's)
  • Family : Childhood : Family close
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Eight, six brothers and one sister)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Seventh of eight kids)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Home : Same location lifetime
  • Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Six novels)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women