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Jane Austen - Author

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

Featured books by Jane Austen

Persuasion

Persuasion

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Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2007

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank.

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Other books by Jane Austen

The Novels of Jane Austen Volume IV: Emma

The Novels of Jane Austen Volume IV: Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/1933

The Novels of Jane Austen Volume II: Pride and Prejudice

The Novels of Jane Austen Volume II: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/1932

Northanger Abbey 200th Anniversary Edition

Northanger Abbey 200th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jane Austen Illustrator: Hugh Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1920

Mansfield Park 200th Anniversary Edition

Mansfield Park 200th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jane Austen Illustrator: Hugh Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1920

Sense and Sensibility 200th Anniversary Edition

Sense and Sensibility 200th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jane Austen Illustrator: Hugh Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1920

Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Edition

Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jane Austen Illustrator: Hugh Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1920

Persuasion 200th Anniversary Edition

Persuasion 200th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jane Austen Illustrator: Hugh Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1920

Emma 200th Anniversary Edition

Emma 200th Anniversary Edition

Author: Jane Austen Illustrator: Hugh Thomson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1920

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