Jane Austen is one of the most iconic writers of 19th Century England, because of her blend of romanticism and realism in her novels of the landed gentry. She lived her entire life as part of a close family in the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The full support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, Austen experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she abandoned, and eventually wrote and extensively revised three her most famous novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of her novels likePride and Prejudice (1813) and Mansfield Park (1814), she was successful as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but was unable to complete because of her death in 1817.