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,