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Jane Austen's Works

 
Jane Austen wrote six novels that continue to captivate readers almost 200 years after her death:

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Mansfield Park
  • Emma
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Persuasion

These novels, as well as her juvenilia and unfinished works, are available in numerous modern print and ebook editions. Her collected letters, which are also a source of entertainment and biographical information, are available in print in Jane Austen's Letters, edited by Deirdre Le Faye (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Austen's works can also be found online:

Chronology of Austen’s Works


The following is a chronology of Austen’s writing and the publication of her novels through 1817, the year she died. 


c. 1787-1793


Short works, collectively called the Juvenilia, written.


c. 1794


Lady Susan
written, but without a conclusion.


c. 1795


“Elinor and Marianne” written (later revised as Sense and Sensibility).


1796


“First Impressions” begun (later revised as Pride and Prejudice).


1797


“First Impressions” completed and offered by Austen’s father to a publisher, but rejected sight unseen.


c. 1798-1799


“Susan” written (later retitled “Catherine” and posthumously published as Northanger Abbey).


1803


“Susan” sold to a publisher, but never published.


c. 1804


The Watsons
begun but not finished.


1805


Lady Susan
completed.


1810


Sense and Sensibility
accepted for publication.


1811


Sense and Sensibility
published.

Extensive revision of “First Impressions” as Pride and Prejudice begun.

Mansfield Park begun.


1812


Pride and Prejudice
purchased by publisher.


1813


Pride and Prejudice
published.

Mansfield Park completed and accepted for publication.

Second editions of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility published.


1814


Mansfield Park
published. Emma begun.


1815


Emma
completed and published (1816 shown on title page).

Persuasion begun.


1816


Persuasion
completed.

“Susan” repurchased from publisher and revised as “Catherine.”

Second edition of Mansfield Park published.


1817


Sanditon
begun but not finished.

Northanger Abbey and Persuasion published together posthumously with “Biographical Notice” by Henry Austen (1818 shown on title page).

 

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

Northanger Abbey