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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in the village of Steveston. Although Jane and her older sister, Cassandra, spent several years in schools in Southampton and Reading, their real education took place at home. The Austens loved words and books and allowed their children to read at will through George Austen’s impressive library.
Because Jane never left the family circle, her life has often been called uneventful. In fact, it was so busy that Jane had to snatch time to write. In addition to the normal social activities of her class, there were frequent visits to and from the brothers and their families. As one may note from her letters, Jane was a perceptive observer of human behavior, unimpressed by pomposity, unfooled by pretense, and always alert to the comic dimension of human relationships.
It was this comic sense that first led Austen to writing. By 1795, when she was twenty, Austen had produced “Elinor and Marianne” (which was later revised and published in 1811 as Sense and Sensibility). By 1797, she had completed “First Impressions,” which her publisher refused to read but which, revised, became her most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice (1813). Sadly, none of her novels were published until 1811 — only six years before her death– when Sense and Sensibility made its public appearance.
(Adapted from Salem Press Bibliographical Encyclopedia)
AC Library has many books by Jane Austen such as: