Jane Austen - works in context
by Graciela Corkery
16 December 1775
Jane Austen is born
Jane Austen is born to Rev. George Austen and Cassandra (Leigh) in Steventon Rectory in Hampshire
Very young Pitt is prime minister
A 24-year-old, William Pitt the Younger, is appointed Britain's prime minister by George III
Regency in Britain
The British king George III, suffering from porphyria, is deemed unfit to govern and his eldest son becomes Prince Regent
Sense and Sensibility
English author Jane Austen publishes her first work in print, Sense and Sensibility, at her own expense
War between USA and Britain
Damage to US trade by British orders in council prompts war (the War of 1812) between the two nations
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice, based on a youthful work of 1797 called First Impressions, is the second of Jane Austen's novels to be published
Mansfield Park published
Mansfield Park is published by Thomas Egerton. A second edition was published in 1816 by John Murray.
Emma is published to critical acclaim. The book is dedicated to the prince regent.
Jane Austen dies
Jane Austen dies in Winchester, and is buried in the cathedral
Jane Austen published posthumously
Two of Jane Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, are published in the year after her death
Collected works published
Collected works are published for the first time by Bentley. Her works would never go out of print again.