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Austen, Jane

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Born: 1775 AD
Died: 1817 AD, at 41 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Authors, Novelists

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1775 - Born on December 16th in Steventon, Hampshire, England. An English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life.

1787-1793 - Her earliest-known writings she wrote a large body of material that has survived in three manuscript notebooks: "Volume the First", "Volume the Second", and "Volume the Third".

         - Her passage to a more serious view of life from the exuberant high spirits and extravagances of her earliest writings is evident in "Lady Susan", a short novel-in-letters.

1802 - Jane agreed to marry Harris Bigg-Wither, the 21-year-old heir of a Hampshire family; but the next morning she changed her mind.

1811-1815 - Austen created the comedy of manners of middle-class life in the England of her time in such novels as "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Mansfield Park", "Emma".

1817 - She published her novel, "Northanger Abbey and Persuasion".

         - She died on July 18th in Winchester, Hampshire.

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