December 16, 1775
Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England
July 18, 1817
Place of Death:
8 College Street, Winchester, London, England
Cause of Death:
Addison's disease or Hodgkin's lymphoma
Claim to Fame:
Writers and Poets
Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels which include Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). With the first four novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century she achieved success as an author. She wrote two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. 200 years after her passing Austen continues to inspire many critical essays and literary anthologies. Her novels have inspired many films, from 1940's Pride and Prejudice to more recent productions like Sense and Sensibility (1995), Emma (1996), Mansfield Park (1999), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Love & Friendship (2016), and Emma (2020).
How much does a first edition Jane Austen cost?
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, first edition, three volumes, in period binding, London, 1811. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000. Published anonymously, “By a Lady,” Sense and Sensibility is the rarest of Austen’s six major works, with likely only 1,000 copies or fewer being printed for the first edition.
Final Resting Place:
20 Deans Yard
Westminster, London, , SW1P 3PA
Grave Location:Church Nave
Grave Location Description
As you enter Westminster Abbey walk forward in the center (the nave) past the tourist panels and look down. Nearby you will find a bronze memorial plaque and a cathedral window. Jane also has a simple marble plaque in Poet’s Corner.
Fun fact: Westminster Cathedral is the longest cathedral in Europe and was first built in 1079.
Grave Location GPS51.0609230066, -1.31423017364
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Read More About Jane Austen:
- Wikipedia Entry
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- How Jane Austen’s Emma changed the face of fiction
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- Jane Austen's House
- Jane Austen Society of North America
- Official Jane Austen Website
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