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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