JANE AND LITERACY
What if Jane Austen couldn't read or write?
There is no doubt that the world would have been deprived of one of the most talented and best loved authors. Jane's novels have remained in print for 200 years and Pride & Prejudice is considered by many as the greatest romantic story of all time.
Jane was born in 1775, when less than half the women in England could read and write. She was lucky and grew up in a household that valued education - even for girls. Jane went to school and was provided with books, pens, paper and encouragement. Paper and writing materials were expensive, and without the generosity and support of her father and brothers, Jane would not have been able to afford to practice her writing or pen her novels, and Mr. Darcy would never have been shared with the world.