Jane Austen (Steventon, 16 December 1775 - Winchester, 18 July 1817) is one of the most famous writers of British literature. Her books are well-known all over the world. Jane Austen wrote about the English upper class and in her books you will find a lot of critical comments about this class. Her most familiar book is Emma, which is written in 1815.
Jane Austen grew up in a close-knit family and was a member of the lower English aristocracy. Her father taught her and her brothers mostly. She learned a lot by reading too. Her family supported her writing talent. Meanwhile, most readers read the so-called sentimental novels. She was very critical about them and developed her own writing. Jane's novels became the transition to the more realistic romans of the nineteenth century. in her novels Austen was very critical about the position of women. At that time women were dependent of a good marriage to secure their social standing and economic security.
Austen choose to publish her books anonymously. Although the critics were very positive, she was never recognized as the author of those books. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that she became well-known, more than a hundred years after her dead.