Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Although in Jane Austen's time it was seen by some as unsuitable for women to make a living through writing, she managed to write six novels and increasingly manage her own business affairs. Her work is incredibly popular today and has been produced as plays, films and TV adaptations.
Given how popular her other works now are, it is perhaps surprising that they were not great bestsellers in their day and Austen never made a fortune from her writing. Although her novels concentrate on the issues surrounding matrimony, Austen herself never married. She was very close to her family, especially her sister Cassandra who inherited her literary copyrights.
John Murray II published four of Austen's novels:
- 'Mansfield Park'
- 'Northanger Abbey'.
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NRA name: Austen, Jane (1775-1815). Novelist.
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