This Week in History: December 16, 1775

Jane Austen, one of the finest novelists in the English language, was born at Steventon, Hampshire, England, the seventh of the eight children of the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra. Austen and her only sister, Cassandra, were sent to school for several years, but much of Jane’s formative reading was done in her father’s library.

From Bloom’s Literary Reference Online – Encyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present, Second Edition.

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