Jane Austen, the daughter of a clergyman, was born in Hampshire in 1775, and later lived in Bath and the village of Chawton. As a child and teenager, she wrote brilliantly witty stories for her family’s amusement, as well as a novella, Lady Susan
. Her first published novel was Sense and Sensibility
, which appeared in 1811 and was soon followed by Pride and Prejudice
, Mansfield Park
. Austen died in 1817, and Persuasion
and Northanger Abbey
were published posthumously in 1818.