Best known for her works Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense
and Sensibility and Persuasion and for her social
observation, she was born in Hampshire, a village of which
her father, the Rev. George Austen, was rector.
Miss Austen never allowed her literary work to interfere
with her domestic duties: sewing much and admirably, keeping
house, writing many letters and reading aloud, she saw
enough of middle-class provincial society to find a
substance for her dramatic and humorous faculties, as
expressed in her works.