Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility was published in 1811, anonymously. By A Lady appears on the cover page where Jane’s name might should have been and sold out its first print run of 750 copies in the middle of 1813, marking a singular success for her. It had a second print run later that year. The […]

Emma

Jane began to write Emma in January of 1814 and completed it by March of 1815. The novel concerns itself with the matchmaking efforts of one Emma Woodhouse a somewhat precocious twenty-year-old resident of the village of Highbury, who  imagines herself to be innately gifted in effecting desirous love matches. It  is […]

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen’s first novel, was written between 1798 and 1803 and is described as a coming-of-age story of a young woman. Seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland is obsessed with Gothic novels and particularly one called The Mystery of  Udolpho. She is the eldest daughter of a clergyman and is invited by Mrs […]

Persuasion

  Persuasion was written between August, 1815 and August, 1816, the last novel fully completed by Jane. It was published at the end of 1817,  just six months after her death.  All of Austen’s novels revolve around a relatively small, elite social microcosm of eighteenth century English society, social pecking order are […]