About The Author:
Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she
wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary.
Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and
educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family.
For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her
father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at
the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels
that satirized both the writers and the manners