Jane Austen began writing when still quite young; her first productions date from when she was around 12, and she began her first important novel, Pride and Prejudice, when she was only 22. However, none of the works appeared in print until 1811, when Sense and Sensibility was published. Her books were well-received, even royalty were fans, but she was always modest about her work.
Jane Austen occupies a curious position between the 18th and 19th centuries. Her favourite writer was Dr. Johnson, the great exemplar of 18th-century classicism and reason, and her plots, which often feature a character moving through the social hierarchy, have something in common with 18th-century novels like Pamela. However, her novels are aligned with Romanticism considering the ways in which they investigate hidden mechanisms of psychic and affective life. In their awareness of the conditions of modernity and city life and the consequences for family structure and individual character, they also anticipate much Victorian literature, above all in Mansfield Park with its melancholy characters, scandal-filled newspapers, and rounds of parties.