Jane Austen, an English novelist, born at Steventon, in Hampshire, Dec. 16, 1775, died in Winchester, July 18, 1817. She was educated by her father, who was rector of Steven-ton. It is not known at what time she commenced authorship. In her youth she was beautiful and graceful, but a disappointment in love determined her against marriage. "North-anger Abbey" (which was published with "Persuasion " after her death) was the earliest and weakest of her works, all of which, except the posthumous ones, appeared anonymously. "Sense and Sensibility" was published in 1811, and immediately obtained popularity. "Pride and Prejudice," "Mansfield Park," and "Emma" succeeded at regular intervals - the last in 1816. Her father was compelled by ill health to pass his latter years in Bath, and on his death his widow and two daughters returned to Hampshire, and removed in May, 1817, to Winchester. Her novels have long been popular as "distinct delineations of English domestic life, with a delicate discrimination of female character." Her own opinion was that one of her novels was "a little bit of ivory two inches wide," on which she "worked with a brush so fine as to produce little effect after much labor." Her life has been written by J. E. Austen-Leigh (London, 1871).