Jane Austen was born in rural England in 1775, the seventh of eight children of the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra. She was educated mainly at home and never lived apart from her family until her death from Addison’s Disease at age forty- one. None of the books published in her lifetime had her name on them — they were credited as “By a Lady,” though her name and stories are famous today, and numerous films have been adapted from her novels. Northanger Abbey, a satire of the then-popular gothic romance, and especially of The Mysteries of Udolpho, was sold to a publisher in 1803, but was not printed until 1818, a year after her death. She is regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel, though she also wrote occasional humorous verse, as evidenced by “I’ve a Pain in my Head,” which appears, illustrated by Molly Kiely, along with Trina Robbins and Anne Timmons' adaptation of Northanger Abbey in Gothic Classics.
Graphic Classics Volume 14
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