Jane Austen entry: Overview screen.
The eleven-year-old JA "began to devote her spare time to writing."
15 July 1817
On St Swithin
's day, three days before she died, JA wrote a comic but also potentially serious poem which imagines the saint cursing the fashionable occasion of Winchester
races with rain.
18 July 1817
JA died at Winchester
. The symptoms of her illness, for a while quite confidently identified as those of Addison's Disease, have recently been associated also with cancer and tuberculosis.