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Author Spotlight: Jane Austen

abstract:Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775...


December 07, 2003
— Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775 at Steventon near Bassingstroke, Hampshire (England), the seventh child of the rector of the parish. As a girl she wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her novels have become enduring and beloved classics.


"Oh! It is only a novel! or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of with and humor are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language."  — Jane Austen (Northanger Abbey)


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Jane Austen Information Page: biography, bibliography, and criticism.


The Austen Listserv

The AUSTEN-L is a listserv dedicated to the discussion of Jane Austen's life and works. Subscription Address: To subscribe, include the following as an e-mail message: SUBSCRIBE AUSTEN-L your full name.


Janeites Jane Austen Discussion Group

A Jane Austen discussion list with over 60 members to date. It is for serious discussion of Austen. Click on the link to subscribe.


Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels: Austen scholar Deidre Le Faye explores the world of Regency Britian, the milieu of Jane Austen's works.



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