(from the Norton Critical Edition of Northanger Abbey)
1775: Born December 16 in Steventon, Hampshire, to Rev. George and Cassandra Leigh Austen, the seventh of eight children
1783-86: Attends boarding schools with sister Cassandra in Oxford and Reading; ends formal education at age 11.
1787-93: As a teenager, writes “Love and Friendship,” “The History of England,” “Catharine,” and numerous other parodic sketches.
1793-96: Writes “Lady Susan” (her first mature work) and “Elinor and Marianne,” the earliest version of Sense and Sensibility.
1798-99: Writes “First Impressions,” the earliest version of Pride and Prejudice. Begins revising “Elinor and Marianne” into Sense and Sensibility.
1801: Austen family moves to Bath
1803: Sells a revised version of Susan to Crosby of London, who advertises but fails to publish it.
1804: Writes “The Watsons.”
1805: Rev. George Austen dies.
1806: Moves to Southhampton with Cassandra and their mother.
1809: They move to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, Austen’s residence until her death. Final versions of all six published novels completed here. Austen writes Crosby about the non-publication of Susan.
1809-10: Revises Sense and Sensibility for publication. Begins rewriting “First Impressions” as Pride and Prejudice.
1811: Sense and Sensibility published, her first work in print. Begins writing Mansfield Park.
1813: Pride and Prejudice published.
1814: Mansfield Park published. Begins writing Emma.
1815: Begins Persuasion. Repurchases Susan from Crosby.
1816: Emma published, dedicated to the Prince Regent at his request. Writes advertisement for Catherine (formerly Susan) and revises into Northanger Abbey.
1817: Begins “Sandition.” Dies July 18 of Addison’s disease, at age 41.
1818: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion published posthumously with Henry Austen’s “Biographical Notice.”