Celebrated English author Jane Austen died at the age of 41 on July 18, 1817. There is much confusion regarding the cause of her death, but common theories include Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis, and Brill-Zinsser disease (a form of typhus).
During her lifetime, many of her works were published anonymously and only after her death was she credited as the author. Her most famous novels, including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818.
Many of Jane’s novels surround the issue of women’s dependence on marriage for upward mobility, status, and financial security. International acclaim didn’t come for over a century after her death; in the 1920s, Jane’s works were reissued to the public garnering widespread popularity.
She is now considered one of the greatest writers in English history, and there have been several successful film and television adaptations of her novels.