Jane Austen completed her first novel in 1797 when she was 22 years old. It was published 16 years later when it appeared as Pride and Prejudice. First Impressions was not her first book to be published for that was Sense and Sensibility, Published in 1811.
Jane Austen was born December 15, 1775, at Steventon rectory in Hampshire, the seventh and youngest child of the Rev George Austen. His salary was not sufficient to raise so large a family so he accepted pupils to learn music, dancing, French and a little Italian. Jane took her place with the other pupils.
From 1801 to 1805 her home was in Bath. Then the family moved to Southampton and later to Chawton in Hampshire. Devoted to her family, she lived her whole life with them, apart from occasional visits to London and during her last illness in the town of Winchester where she died July 18, 1817. She never married although it is said she was once in love with a man who died young.
All her writing was carried out in the family’s sitting room, subject to casual interruptions. Her other novels apart from Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prefudice were Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, the last two being published after her death. She left an unfininshed book entitled Sanditon