Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English author known primarily for her six major novels set among the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Considered defining works of the Regency Era and counted among the best-loved classics of English literature, Austen’s books include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The latter two were published after her death.
Northanger Abbey: One of Jane Austen's Best!by Jane Austen
Many people may be surprised to learn that Jane Austen only published six novels. However, these works
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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775. She was an English novelist who wrote numerous works of romantic fiction. Ms. Austen has millions of adoring fans all around the world and she is one of the most beloved writers in all of English literature.
Many people may be surprised to learn that Jane Austen only published six novels. However, these works have become the foundation for the true
romantic novel ever since they found their way to
the world early in the 19th century.
An early version of this book was written under the title “Susan”. It was actually the first of Jane Austen's novels sold to a publisher who then advertised it as forthcoming, but never issued it. Jane Austen had the manuscript brought back more than ten years later, after several of her other novels had been published. She apparently made some revisions, but finally "put it on the shelf.”
It was only after her death in 1817 that her brother Henry finally had it published (together with Persuasion). The title "Northanger Abbey" was not chosen by Jane Austen (she referred to the book in her letter as "Miss Catherine".
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- Date of Birth:
- December 16, 1775
- Date of Death:
- July 18, 1817
- Place of Birth:
- Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
- Place of Death:
- Winchester, Hampshire, England
- Taught at home by her father
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