This Day in History January 24, 1809

By Ruth on January 24, 2014 in author, book, history
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JANE AUSTEN ON KINDLE

Rarely do I get to feature an author I really like on my daily history feature, but I get to today!  On this date in 1809, Jane Austen wrote the following quote in one of her letters:

I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration, or a metaphor in every corner of the room. Could my ideas flow as fast as the rain in the store-closet it would be charming.

If you’re like me, you might wonder how this fits into her life and writings.  This was written before she had any of her novels published.  She had done some writing, but this was before any of her well-known works.  It sounds as though she was growing as an author, and she bemoans the fact that she is not the kind of writer she wishes she were.  I would venture to say that every writer goes through this at some point.

For more info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen

http://womenshistory.answers.com/quotes/jane-austen-quotes

http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/brablt9b.html#letter53

http://reveriesunderthesignofausten.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/jane-austens-letters-letter-66-tues-24-jan-1809-from-castle-square/

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43-year-old single mother of an active 14-year-old girl Born in Tacoma, WA; lives in Yelm, WA Entertainment Writer Available For Interviews and Reviews Substitute Teacher

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