Who Am I? A Name Game of Literary Stars Knowledge Cards
Sample Card Text
I was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. I published all four of the major works released during my lifetime as written “By a Lady.” Six years after the 1811 publication of my first novel, I died, never really enjoying the celebrity that my novels certainly would have brought.
Answer At age 35, Jane Austen published her first novel, Sense and Sensibility (1811), identifying its author only as “ Lady.” Pride and Prejudice followed in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1815, with each referring in their title pages to the earlier work or works, so that audiences could be assured that they were all written by the same author. Unfortunately, during her lifetime Austen never earned much money from her writing, and as a result of her anonymity also never received any accolades. And selling the rights to Pride and Prejudice for a flat fee ensured that she would never earn any royalties from its success. Austen also suffered from poor health and died at the age of 41. As a final indignity, her headstone in England’s famous Winchester Cathedral fails to mention that she was an author, instead only referring to her father’s accomplishments as the county’s rector.