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About Jane Austen

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Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist, noted for her domestic novels of manners.

All her novels are set within the confines of middle-class provincial society, and show her skill at drawing characters and situations with delicate irony. These include "Sense and Sensibility" in 1811, "Pride and Prejudice" in 1813, "Mansfield Park" in 1814, "Emma" in 1816, and published posthumously, "Persuasion" in 1817 and "Northanger Abbey" in 1818.

She was born at Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was rector, and began writing early; the burlesque Love and Freindship (sic), published in 1922, was written in 1790.

In 1801 the family moved to Bath, and, after the death of her father 1805, to Southampton, finally settling in Chawton, Hampshire with her brother Edward.

Between 179 5 and 1798 she worked on three novels. The first to be published (like its successors, anonymously) was "Sense and Sensibility" (drafted in letter form 1797-1798).

"Pride and Prejudice" (written 1796-1797) followed, but "Northanger Abbey", a skit on the contemporary Gothic novel (written 1798, sold to a London publisher in 1803, and bought back 1816), did not appear until 1818.

The fragmentary Watsons and Lady Susan written about 1803-1805 remained unfinished. The success of her published works, however, stimulated Jane Austen to write in rapid succession Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, and the final fragment Sanditon written in 1817.

Jane Austen died in Winchester, and is buried in the cathedral.

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Date Added: 05 October '11

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