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Birth Name: Jane Austen
Born: 12/16/1775
Birth Place: SteventonUK
Death Place: WinchesterUK
Died: 07/18/1817

Austen was born at Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England, in 1775 into a close-knit family with six boys and one other girl. Though her parents were descended from gentry, her father was a rector who took in schoolboy boarders for tutoring to make ends meet. Austen and her sister, Cassandra, were educated mostly at home by their father and brothers, although they did spend a year away at boarding school (1785-1786), which ended when the family could no longer afford to pay the fees. Young Austen thrived creatively in the bosom of her family, however, and beginning in 1782 the siblings staged numerous amateur theatrical productions at home. A few years later, Austen began writing.

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