An Austen Chronology
- Jane Austen born at village of Steventon, England, to George and Cassandra Austen.
- With her sister, Cassandra, Austen attends the Abbey School in Reading, England.
- Writes her juvenilia.
- Writes original versions of Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.
- "First Impressions" (original version of Pride and Prejudice) rejected by a London publisher.
- Father retires and moves to Bath with his wife and daughters.
- Susan (original version of Northanger Abbey) is bought by a publisher but never issued.
- Austen begins, and quickly abandons, "The Watsons."
- Death of father, George.
- Moves to Southampton with mother and sister.
- Lives with her mother and sister in a small house provided by her wealthy brother Edward in the village of Chawton, in southern England. Begins revising original versions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
- Sense and Sensibility published.
- Pride and Prejudice published.
- Mansfield Park published. Austen begins work on Emma.
- Emma is published and is dedicated to the Prince Regent (future George IV) at his request. Austen completes Persuasion.
- Composes the fragment "Sanditon"; abandons it because of incapacitating illness. Austen is moved to Winchester for medical care in May and dies there on 18 July. Buried in Winchester Cathedral on 24 July.
- Northanger Abbey and Persuasion published jointly in a four-volume edition, with a biographical preface of Austen by her brother Henry.
This extract is taken from John Lauber, Jane Austen [New York: Twayne Publishers, 1993]
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