Jane Austen was a Georgian era author, best known for her social commentary in novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.
Born: Steventon, England on December 16,1775
Jane Austen was the seventh of eight children born to the rector of the parish at Steventon, England. Despite being neither wealthy nor noble, Reverend Austen had a keen interest in education, even for his daughters. Although her novels focused on courtship and marriage, Jane Austen never married. Jane Austen's first published novel was Sense and Sensibility in 1811. It was printed anonymously with "By a Lady" on the title page, enabling Austen to keep her privacy and her femininity in the eyes of society. The text originally was a series of letters between two sisters, but evolved into novel form. The sisters represent Sense (possessed by Elinor) contrasted with Sensibility (possessed by Marianne).
Died: Winchester, England on July 18, 1817