Born on December 16, 1775 in Stevenson, Hampshire, England, Jane Austen was the youngest of seven children. Her English novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility, are beloved classics and still wildly popular today.
Austen had a lifelong love of writing that included many letters, poems and novels. Like many famous authors, Austen’s work was not fully appreciated until after her death. She died in July 1817. She was 41.
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