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Persuasion in 1818.

supervised publication of Northanger Abbey and

the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who

Austen’s identity as an author was announced to

18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Sanditon, was left unfinished at her death, on July

and revised Northanger Abbey. Her last work,

1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion

them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In

she had many early and devoted readers, among

Though her novels were published anonymously,

through her brothers.

Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly

Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane

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first to Southampton, then to Chawton College in

After her father died, in 1805, the family moved

(1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816).

in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense

publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was

sold a first version of Northanger Abbey to a London

to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she

1801, on her father’s retirement, the family moved

the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. In

she had ample opportunity to study the habits of

clergyman’s daughter from a well-connected family,

16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. As a

the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December

novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of

observation made her the equal of the greatest

circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen

Though the domain of Jane Austen’s novels was as

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nearly flawless as any fiction could be.’

Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as ‘irresistible and as

immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora

turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an

dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and

and profound, and filled with highly entertaining

she was just twenty-one years old. Humorous

to literature, written by a precocious Austen when

and engrossingly readable courtships known

What ensues is one of the most delightful

she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy.

Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as

– tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth

Pride and Prejudice – Austen’s own ‘darling child’

Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels.

Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and

fortune must be in want of a wife.’

that a single man in possession of a good

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged,



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