It is not always easy to get through a book with a baby at home, but I have finally finished a Biography of Jane Austen titled 'Becoming Jane Austen'. I started reading the novel after seeing the movie 'Jane Austen Regrets' and wanted to see how much of the movie is based on fact. Well, with the novel read all I can say is "Thank goodness for the 20th Century". I am so glad to be a woman born in 1981 instead of 1775. Although it seems relaxing and romantic to live in country England and write novels all day, I don't think it was really all that fantastic.
Not only was Jane never married, she spent a lot of her life worrying about money, having a permanent home to live in and the welfare of her brothers. She finally died of Addison's disease having never reaped the rewards of her gifted writing.
In addition, the only picture we have of this great writer is a rather ugly looking sketch that her sister Cassandra drew of her. Now that would not promote 'sisterly affection'.