English writer Jane Austen

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ill predominantly one of rural quiet, it was also the age of the French Revolution, the War of American Independence, the start of the Industrial Revolution, and the first generation of the Romantic poets; and Jane Austen was certainly not unaware of what was going on in the world around her. She had two brothers in the Royal Navy and a cousin whose husband was guillotined in the Terror. And although her favourite prose writer was Dr. Samuel Johnson, she clearly knew the works of writers like Goethe, Worsdworth, Scott, Byron, Southey, Godwin and other, very definitely nineteenth-century, authors.

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  2. Lascelles, 2; for detail on "lower fringes", see Collins, ix-x.
  3. Lascelles, 4-5; MacDonagh, 110-28; Honan, 79, 183-85; Tomalin, 66-68.
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  6. Honan, 124-27; Trott, "Critical Responses, 1830-1970", Jane Austen in Context, 92.
  7. Fergus, "Biography", Jane Austen in Context, 3-4.
  8. Le Faye, "Letters", Jane Austen in Context, 33.
  9. Le Faye, A Family Record, 270; Nokes, 1.
  10. Le Faye, A Family Record, 279.
  11. Fergus, "Biography", Jane Austen in Context, 3-4. Honan, 29-30.
  12. Honan, 11-14; Tucker, "Jane Austen's Family", The Jane Austen Companion, 143.
  13. Tomalin, 6, 13-16, 147-51, 170-71; Greene, "Jane Austen and the Peerage", Jane Austen: A Collection of Critical Essays, 156-57; Fergus, "Biography", Jane Austen in Context, 5-6; Collins, 10-11.
  14. Irene Collins estimates that when George Austen took up his duties as rector in 1764, Steventon comprised no more than about thirty families. Collins, 86.
  15. Honan, 14, 17-18; Collins, 54.
  16. Fergus, "Biography", 3; Tomalin, 142; Honan, 23, 119.
  17. MacDonagh, 50-51; Honan, 24, 246; Collins, 17.
  18. Le Faye, Family Record, 22.
  19. Tucker, "Jane Austen's Family", 147; Le Faye, Family Record, 43-44.
  20. Le Faye, Family Record, 20.
  21. Le Faye, Family Record, 27.
  22. Tomalin, 7-9; Honan, 21-22; Collins, 86; Le Faye, Family Record, 19. Le Faye and Collins add that the Austens followed this custom for all of their children.
  23. Le Faye, Family Record, 47-49; Collins, 35, 133.
  24. Tomalin, 9-10, 26, 33-38, 42-43; Le Faye, Family Record, 52; Collins, 133-134.
  25. Le Faye, "Chronology", 2-3; Grundy, "Jane Austen and Literary Traditions", 190-91; Tomalin, 28-29, 33-43, 66-67; Honan, 31-34; Lascelles, 7-8. Irene Collins believes that Austen "used some of the same school books as the boys" her father tutored. Collins, 42.

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