Today is Jane Austen's birthday. Born 16th December 1775 at the rectory in the village of Steventon, near Basingstoke, in Hampshire, the seventh of eight children, Austen, as everyone reading this will know, went on to write some of the most beloved novels in the English language. According the Jane Austen Society of Australia biography:

At the age of 14 she wrote her first novel, Love and Freindship (sic) and then A History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian, together with other very amusing juvenilia. In her early twenties Jane Austen wrote the novels that were later to be re-worked and published as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. She also began a novel called The Watsons which was never completed.

For more see the Jane Austen Society of the UK and the Jane Austen Society of North America.

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