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Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

Jane Austen’s Life


1775 Born on 16 December in Steventon, Hampshire, England, sixth in a large family with six brothers and one sister. Her father was Revd William George Austen.

1783 Went with her younger sister Cassandra to be privately educated first in Oxford then Southampton where she survived typhus.

1785 Continued education at boarding school but returned the following year because of financial hardship. Finished education by reading books from her father’s large library.

1787 Earliest examples of juvenilia date from this time: she wrote poems, stories and plays. She copied them into notebooks and added to them throughout her life.

1793–1795 Wrote Lady Susan, an epistolary novel which shows much of the character and wit which made her so admired, even in her own lifetime.

1796 According to Cassandra’s later recollections, a novel called Elinor and Marianne was read to the family before this date.

1797 Her father sent First Impressions (a first draft of Pride and Prejudice) to a publisher, but it was ‘Declined by Return of Post’.

1798 A revision of Elinor and Marianne was completed and it was renamed Sense and Sensibility. And she began working on Northanger Abbey, her satire on the Gothic novel which was originally called Susan.

1800 Jane Austen’s father retired and moved the family to Bath.




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