Jane Austen (1775?1817) was an English novelist whose novels continue to be read, re-read and adapted widely. She has earned a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature and her novels have been included in syllabi across the world. Her realistic style, social commentary and understanding of human relationships have made her works popular as well as timeless. Although she wrote prolifically during her lifetime, it was the genre of the novel that catapulted her into the literary hall of fame. Her most famous works include Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813) Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815) Northanger Abbey (1818) and Persuasion (1818).