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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.

 

Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Jane Austen...

I can't not choose her.  And whichever I've read last is always my favourite.  The nuance of emotion, the understanding of human nature revealed by Austen constantly delights me.  When I reread Sense and Sensibility recently, for the first time Elinor came across as quite prissy and destined to marry a rather spineless husband.  I wonder if that was intended?

Featured books by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2012

'No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes...'  The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2007

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Other books by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1980

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1980

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1980

Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon

Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon

Author: Jane Austen, Jane Austen, Margaret Drabble Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/1974

Collecting three lesser-known works by one of the nineteenth century's greatest authors, Jane Austen's Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon is edited with an introduction by Margaret Drabble in Penguin Classics. These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social classes and settings. The early epistolary novel Lady Susan depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying with the affections of several men. In contrast, The Watsons is a delightful fragment, whose spirited heroine Emma Watson finds her marriage opportunities limited by poverty and pride. Written in the last months of Austen's life, the uncompleted novel Sanditon, set in a newly established seaside resort, offers a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and speculators, and shows an author contemplating a the great social upheavals of the Industrial Revolution with a mixture of scepticism and amusement. Margaret Drabble's introduction examines these three works in the context of Jane Austen's major novels and her life, and discusses the social background of her fiction. This edition features a new chronology. Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. Austen began writing at a young age, embarking on what is possibly her best-known work, Pride and Prejudice, at the age of 22. She was also the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. If you enjoyed Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon, you may like Charlotte Bronte's Tales of Angria, also available in Penguin Classics. 'In [Sanditon] she exploits her greatest gifts, her management of dialogue and her skill with monologue. The book feels open and modern ... as vigorous and inventive as her earlier work' Carol Shields

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/1973

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1963

This is one of a complete set of Jane Austen's novels collating the editions published during the author's lifetime and previously unpublished manuscripts. The books are illustrated with 19th-century plates and incorporate revisions by experts in the light of subsequent research.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1963

Elizabeth Bennet is at first determined to dislike Mr. Darcy, who is handsome and eligible. This misjudgment only matched in folly by Darcy's arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to truer feelings in a comedy concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.

Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1963

This is part of a complete set of Jane Austen's novels collating the editions published during the author's lifetime and previously unpublished manuscripts. The books are illustrated with 19th century plates and incorporate revisions by experts in the light of subsequent research. The set consists of Pride and Prejudice , Sense and Sensibility , Mansfield Park , Northanger Abbey and Persuasion , Emma and Minor Works .

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1963

Emma (1816) is Jane Austen's most characteristic work. Convinced that she understands the world, Emma rules over her invalid father and the small social circle of Highbury with well-meaning tyranny. But she is highly fallible where love is concerned, and her failings there cause many misunderstandings - as well as giving the reader much enjoyment as order is restored. In her new introduction to this edition Terry Castle examines the pleasure given by Emma's reassuringly stable world and by its comedy, and examines the relationships, imagery, and continuing power of Austen's perhaps greatest novel.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/1963

This is one of a complete set of Jane Austen's novels collating the editions published during the author's lifetime and previously unpublished manuscripts. The books are illustrated with 19th century-plates and incorporate revisions by experts in the light of subsequent research. The set consists of Pride and Prejudice , Sense and Sensibility , Mansfield Park , Northanger Abbey and Persuasion , Emma and Minor Works .

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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

Classic Drama: Mansfield Park

Classic Drama: Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Hannah Gordon is the narrator with Amanda Root as Fanny Price, Jane Lapotaire as Mrs Norris and Michael Williams as Sir Thomas Bertram in this full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Jane Austen's perceptive study of middle class morals and mores in the nineteenth century.

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970