Jane Austen

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Jane Austen is Born

1775

First Schooling

1783

Jane and her sister, Cassandra, contract typhoid fever and return home soon after they start their schooling.

Boarding School

1785

Jane Austen enrolls in boarding school in Reading.

Home School

1786

The Austen family runs out of money and Jane has to be home schooled.

Jane Austen begins the book "Lady Susan"

1793

Austen's First Love

1795

Austen meets Tom LeFroy, an Irish law student.

First Novel Attempt

1797

Austen completes the first draft of "First Impressions", the novel that later becomes "Pride and Prejudice".

Austen Family Moves to Bath

1801

Austen moves with her parents to the resort town of Bath, England, after her father's retirement.

First and Only Proposal

1802

Just before her 27th birthday, Jane Austen receives her only marriage proposal. Harris Bigg-Wither proposes to Austen while she is visiting his sisters. Austen accepts his proposal but later withdraws it.

Jane's father dies

1805

He left his wife and sisters financially dependent on his sons.

Jane, Cassandra their mother move into Chawton Cottage

1809

An estate owned by their brother Edward.

Sense and Sensibility is Published

1811

The author is identified on the cover only as "a Lady." Her name is not attached to any of the novels she publishes during her lifetime.

Pride and Prejudice is published

1813

Mansfield Park is published.

1814

Emma is published

1815

The librarian of the Prince Regent suggests that she dedicate her soon-to-be-published book to him.

Jane Austen starts to feel the effects of her illness.

1816

Austen begins to feel the first signs of a long, progressive illness that saps her energy

Final Novels

1817

Jane's final novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are published together in one volume after her death.

Jane and Cassandra move to Winchester

1817

Jane and Cassandra Austen move to Winchester in order to be closer to Austen's doctor.

Jane Austen Dies

1817