Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors

Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors

Sun, 08/23/2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Host Lucy Worsley

Credti: APT

Historian Lucy Worsley goes on a tour of the many different homes that novelist Jane Austen lived in as she grew up and began writing.

Austen lived in two different worlds for much of her life, as her family moved from prosperity to poverty and back again. Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors, airing Sunday, August 23 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV, explores how this dichotomy informed much of her writing, notably Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park.

Austen is known for her usage of houses and property as central themes to her novels, and much of her creativity comes from her personal experiences. Worsley recreates a carriage journey the cash-strapped Austens took to unsuccessfully obtain a share of the inheritance from a recently widowed relative. As Worsley discovers, Austen changed homes frequently based on their economic situation, from seaside apartments to grand, stately homes. Along the way, Worsley uncovers how these places became the inspiration for settings in many of Austen’s novels.