Jane Austen

First editions of Jane Austen's novels

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in Steventon parsonage in Hampshire, where her father served as rector of the parishes of Steventon and nearby Deane, and she lived the first 25 years of her life there. She drafted early versions of her novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey whilst living in Steventon. It was the most stable and probably happiest period of her life, so, understandably, she was so distraught when she was told in December 1800 that her father planned to retire and move the family to Bath that she fainted. Perhaps, an indication of her state of mind is her lack of productivity as a writer during the time she lived at Bath