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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

Persuasion (Cactus Classics Large Print)

Persuasion (Cactus Classics Large Print)

Author: Jane Austen, Marc Cactus Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2019

Northanger Abbey (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Northanger Abbey (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Mansfield Park (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Mansfield Park (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Emma (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Emma (100 Copy Limited Edition)

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

Persuasion (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Persuasion (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2019

Persuasion

Persuasion

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

Persuasion

Persuasion

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

Sense & Sensibility (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Sense & Sensibility (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2019

The Daily Jane Austen

The Daily Jane Austen

Author: Jane Austen, Devoney Looser Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is eminently, delightfully, and delectably quotable. This truth goes far beyond the first line of Pride and Prejudice, which has muscled out many other excellent sentences. So many gems of wit and wisdom from her novels deserve to be better known, from Northanger Abbey on its lovable, na ve heroine-- If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad --to Persuasion's moving lines of love from its regret-filled hero: You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late. The 378 genuine, Austen-authored quotations in this book may serve as an introduction to her genius, for those who have yet to discover it, or as a happy reminder of past joys of reading, for those already well-versed in her world. Devoney Looser, a.k.a. Stone Cold Jane Austen, has drawn these passages from a variety of texts across the canon--from Austen's major novels to her epistolary works to the raucous writings of her youth--resulting in an anthology that is compulsively readable and repeatable. Looser provides a brilliant foreword and introduces each month with a longer seasonal quote, while concise bits of wit and wisdom mark each day. Whether you approach the collection on a one-a-day model or in a satisfying binge-read, you will emerge wiser about Austen, if not about life. The Daily Jane Austen will amuse and inspire skeptical beginners, Janeite experts, and every reader in between, by showcasing some of the greatest sentences ever crafted in the history of fiction.

Sanditon

Sanditon

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Young Charlotte Heywood arrives in Sanditon, a newly established seaside resort, with the Parkers: patrons and enthusiastic promoters of the town. Just as the town seeks to reinvent itself as a fashionable destination, Charlotte Heywood attempts to begin anew amongst its residents. As she begins to settle into Sanditon society, with the Parkers and the rich widow Lady Denham, a slew of new arrivals stir up emotions. Among them are relatives of Lady Denham, seeking her generous fortune; Miss Lambe, a rich heiress; and Sydney Parker, the handsome young man who catches Charlotte's eye. Charlotte must navigate the complicated web of liaisons, finding herself more involved than she ever intended... Collected here with her unfinished work The Watsons, and the much-loved novella-in-letters, Lady Susan, Austen's final, unfinished novel demonstrates her biting sense of humour and will give readers a thrilling glimpse of a genius at work.

Sanditon

Sanditon

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Young Charlotte Heywood arrives in Sanditon, a newly established seaside resort, with the Parkers: patrons and enthusiastic promoters of the town. Just as the town seeks to reinvent itself as a fashionable destination, Charlotte Heywood attempts to begin anew amongst its residents. As she begins to settle into Sanditon society, with the Parkers and the rich widow Lady Denham, a slew of new arrivals stir up emotions. Among them are relatives of Lady Denham, seeking her generous fortune; Miss Lambe, a rich heiress; and Sydney Parker, the handsome young man who catches Charlotte's eye. Charlotte must navigate the complicated web of liaisons, finding herself more involved than she ever intended... Collected here with her unfinished work The Watsons, and the much-loved novella-in-letters, Lady Susan, Austen's final, unfinished novel demonstrates her biting sense of humour and will give readers a thrilling glimpse of a genius at work.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a platform from which to address issues of gender politics and class consciousness among the British middle-class of the late eighteenth century. The novels included in this collection from the elegant Knickerbocker Classics series-Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan-represent all of Austen's complete novels, and provide the reader with an entrance into the world she and her memorable characters inhabited. With witty, unflinching morality, Austen portrays English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began. Austen's heroines find happiness in many forms, each of the novels is a story of love and marriage-marriage for love, financial security, and for social status. In a publishing career that spanned less than ten years, her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime. It wasn't until the 1940s that she became widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a fan culture. Austen's works continue to influence the course of the novel even as they charm readers today. The Knickerbocker Classics bring together the works of classic authors from around the world in stunning gift editions to be collected and enjoyed. Complete and unabridged, this hardcover volume is magnificent, and a must-have for any Janeite. Also included is an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on Jane Austen's life and works.

Pride & Prejudice (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Pride & Prejudice (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2019

Catharine or the Bower

Catharine or the Bower

Author: Jane Austen, Leo Rockas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2019