The life and times of Austen

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the De­cem­ber Steven­ton 16, rec­tory 1775 in Austen Hamp­shire,is born the at sev­enth of eight chil­dren born to Ge­orge and Cas­san­dra Austen 1787–93 She be­gins to write short sto­ries and po­ems, now re­ferred to as the Ju­ve­nilia

1795–99 Austen be­gins early ver­sions of her nov­els, in­clud­ing First Im­pres­sions, which later be­came Pride and Prej­u­dice

1801–06 The fam­ily moves to Bath for her fa­ther’s health. She sells her man­u­script, Su­san, to a pub­lisher for £10, but it isn’t pub­lished

1805 Austen’s fa­ther dies. With lit­tle in­come, she, her mother and her sis­ter move house fre­quently in the fol­low­ing years

1809 Her brother Ed­ward of­fers them a cot­tage in the grounds of his Chaw­ton es­tate

1811–15: At Chaw­ton, Austen com­pletes and pub­lishes four nov­els: Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity, Pride and Prej­u­dice, Mans­field Park and Emma

1816 She falls ill, but man­ages to fin­ish an­other novel, The El­liots

July 18, 1817 Hav­ing moved to be near her doc­tor, Austen dies in Winch­ester and is buried in the cathe­dral

De­cem­ber, 1817 Her brother Henry ar­ranges the post­hu­mous pub­li­ca­tion of Per­sua­sion (orig­i­nally The El­liots) and Northanger Abbey (orig­i­nally Su­san)

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