Jane Austen is one of the greatest novelists in English literature. Over the last 200 years, her six published works have been loved and celebrated by academic critics and the general reading public. As a result, there has always been speculation about the woman behind the writing. She lived only forty-one years during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - a time of huge turbulence. Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels traces her life, her reationships with family and friends; the attitudes and customs of the time that shaped her and in turn shaped her work; and the places where she lived, worked, and set her novels. from rural Hampshire to fashionable Bath Spa. Chapters on all of her novels run through this book and place them in the context of her life. Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels features removable memorabilia including: handwritten drafts of early writings such as The History of England and The Watsons and drafts of her later novel Persuasian; a lettter between Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra; a letter from George Austen, Jane's father, to the publisher Thomas Cadell that was returned to the family with the words 'Rejected by return of post' written on it; a handwrittten note outlining profits from her novels; a frontispiece to the 1833 edition of Pride and Prejudice.