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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

Emma (King's Classics)

Emma (King's Classics)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2020

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Stolz und Vorurteil

Stolz und Vorurteil

Author: Jane Austen, Karin Von Schwab (UEbersetzer) Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2020

Lady Susan

Lady Susan

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

Lady SusanJane Austen1871 Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871. This early complete work, which the author never submitted for publication, describes the schemes of the title character.Lady Susan Vernon, a beautiful and charming recent widow, visits her brother- and sister-in-law, Charles and Catherine Vernon, with little advance notice at Churchill, their country residence. Catherine is far from pleased, as Lady Susan had tried to prevent her marriage to Charles and her unwanted guest has been described to her as the most accomplished coquette in England .

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2020

Mansfield Park by Jane AustenTaken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound. The author of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose seminal works, inspired by her own upbringing as well as in the landed gentry, have influenced successive generations. With a romantic vein, but nevertheless a realist-known for her style and ironic humor as well as for her fascinating depiction of women's

Northanger abbey

Northanger abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2020

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2020

Sense and sensibility

Sense and sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2020

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2020

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2020

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2020

Stolz und Vorurteil. Mit Illustrationen von Hugh Thomson.

Stolz und Vorurteil. Mit Illustrationen von Hugh Thomson.

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2020

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2020

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/02/2020

Love and Friendship and Other Early Works

Love and Friendship and Other Early Works

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2020

Love and Friendship and Other Early Works

Love and Friendship and Other Early Works

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2020