This little table is perhaps the most iconic item associated with Jane Austen and her writing, because it was here that Jane Austen wrote her novels.
Her early novels were drafted while she lived in the Hampshire village of Steventon, but it was at this table that she revised them, including her most famous work “Pride and Prejudice”.
Many people are moved to tears when they see it, realising the great works of genius which were produced at it. She wrote on very small pieces of paper and compared her work to that of a miniaturist – “the two inches of ivory on which I write with so fine a brush”.
Jane's life was lived in modest terms financially, certainly compared to some of her rich relations, and this delicate but humble piece of furniture epitomises that, but also acts as a contrast to the outstanding literary achievement of the owner.
Jane Austen used a quill pen to write her novels at this table. In the old kitchen at Jane Austen’s House Museum visitors get the opportunity to write with a quill.
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