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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 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 July 18, 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.

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sarah03, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by sarah03)
I am a creature of habit and every year I find myself re-reading one of Ms. Austens books. Her books have been a favorite of mine since first reading them some twenty years ago. This year I read Persuasion for what must have been the fifth time. There is nothing that I enjoy more than curling up on the couch with a blanket and reading a book that has become a constant companion and comfort, almost like an old friend. Ms. Austens witticism and ability to capture human nature and emotions so effortlessly is what makes her books so easy to relate to, even now, almost 200 years later.
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Austen, Jane
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