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Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated novelists of all time, was born to parents George and Cassandra Austen in the winter of 1775, the second youngest of seven siblings. Growing up and as an adult, she confided most in her friend and sister Cassandra - two years Jane's senior - and most of what is known about Austen's personal life was gathered from the remaining letters written back and forth between the sisters; Austen seems to have only been close with one other of her siblings, Henry. Though Jane wrote short stories throughout her young adult years, it was not until 1811 that "Sense and Sensibility" (originally "Elinor and Marianne") was published by Thomas Egerton, who later also printed "Pride and Prejudice" and "Mansfield Park." By this time Austen was quite popular and her works enjoyed even by the Prince Regent, to whom - though Austen despised him personally - Jane's next novel, "Emma," was dedicated. Austen fell ill in 1816 and struggled with the disease until July of 1817, when she died in Winchester. After her death, her brother Henry published her works "Persuasion" and "Northanger Abbey."

Books by Jane Austen

Book Fun Values Age
Emma by Jane Austen Good Fairly Clean 13+
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Great Clean adult
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Great Fairly Clean adult
Persuasion by Jane Austen Great Clean adult
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Great Clean adult
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Great Clean adult
The Works of Jane Austen: Volume VI: Minor Works by Jane Austen Good Fairly Clean adult
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