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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

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2019

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Exam board: AQA A, Cambridge Assessment International Education Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017, 2021 This edition of Persuasion provides depth and context for A Level students, with the complete novel in an easy to read format, and a detailed introduction and bespoke glossary written by an experienced A Level teacher with academic expertise in the area. * Affordable high quality complete text of Persuasion, ideal for AS and A Level Literature * Perfectly pitched introductions provide the depth and demand required by AS and A Level * Explore the contemporary context, Jane Austen's writing, the novel's critical reception and subsequent interpretations for a deeper reading of the text * Expand your further reading with a list of key articles and critical and theoretical texts * Improve your understanding of the novel with unfamiliar concepts and culturally-specific terms defined in the glossary

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

He began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention. Pride and Prejudice , one of the most famous love stories of all time, has also proven itself as a treasured mainstay of the English literary canon. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity. Misconceptions and hasty judgements bring heartache and scandal, but eventually lead to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. It's almost impossible to open Pride and Prejudice without feeling the pressure of so many readers having known and loved this novel already. Will you fail the test - or will you love it too? As a story that celebrates more unflinchingly than any of Austen's other novels the happy meeting-of-true-minds, and one that has attracted the most fans over the centuries, Pride and Prejudice sets up an echo chamber of good feelings in which romantic love and the love of reading amplify each other.

Pride and Prejudice (King's Classics)

Pride and Prejudice (King's Classics)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Sense & Sensibility (King's Classics)

Sense & Sensibility (King's Classics)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Persuasion (King's Classics)

Persuasion (King's Classics)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Emma (100 Copy Collector's Edition)

Emma (100 Copy Collector's Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Sense & Sensibility (100 Copy Collector's Edition)

Sense & Sensibility (100 Copy Collector's Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2019

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice & Quiz Book

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice & Quiz Book

Author: Jane Austen, K Carpenter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Pride and Prejudice (Seasons Edition -- Winter)

Pride and Prejudice (Seasons Edition -- Winter)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A fine, exclusive edition of one of literature's most beloved stories. Featuring a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping, all titles in this series are first editions. Only 10,000 copies have printed, and each are individually numbered from 1 to 10,000. You and Papa, and my sisters, must come down and see us. We shall be at Newcastle all the winter, and I dare say there will be some balls, and I will take care to get good partners for them all. - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. Darcy finds himself indifferent to Elizabeth Bennet's good looks and lively mind. And later when Elizabeth discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she dislikes him more than ever. In the comedy of misdirected manners that follows, Jane Austen shows readers the error of judging by first impressions. The Seasons Edition - Winter collection includes Little Women, Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, and Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Author: Jane Austen, Ken Mondschein Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2019

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2019