Austen’s influences: Lucy Worsley on the author’s life and work

Two hundred years after the death of the iconic English author, Lucy Worsley talks to Matt Elton about her new book on Jane Austen, examining the influence that domesticity, gender and family relationships had on her life and work...

Portrait of Jane Austen (1775-1817). Private Collection. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)


In context: Jane Austen (1775–1817) grew up at the rectory in Steventon, Hampshire. Apart from spells of education in Oxford, Southampton and Reading, she spent most of her early adulthood at the rectory, where she wrote continuously. A move to Bath in 1801 led to a fallow period, before her final years (1809–17) at Chawton proved to be some of her most productive.

Q: What do we know of the home life into which Jane Austen was born?

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