(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English writer of popular genre fiction
, with a principal focus on works about zombies. It has been said that "with a little more talent and application, she could have been the Stephenie Meyer
of her day."
It has also been successfully argued that her work was a significant influence on other zombie writers such as Mary Shelley
and Mrs Gaskell
Her principal claim to fame, however, is her relationship with the celebrated alien hunter George Wickham
, resulting in the notorious work known as Pride and Prejudice
. The resulting controversy all but destroyed her career, although she did write several more novels, all of which were received with general indifference from the book-buying public. Several more books appeared under her name posthumously, but most Austenologists regard these as little more than contemptible forgeries. (more...