Jane Austen (1775-1817) was the seventh child of a parish rector. She died unmarried, leaving behind an immortal body of work. Cathleen Schine (foreword) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport - a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility. She has contributed to various New York publications. Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and author of the bestselling novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry and the graphic novels The Adventuress, Three Incestuous Sisters, and The Night Bookmobile.
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