The original female-written romance novel (if we're not counting The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki) has been available for 200 years today. Jane Austen has quite the legacy - it's hard to think of another work of fiction that has so firmly and widely popularized a place in our minds. Regencies are still hugely popular, largely thanks to Jane Austen.
She sounds pretty awesome, by the way. Did you know she once accepted an engagement to her best friend's brother and then changed her mind the next morning? Lady got guts.
Lots of people know that P&P is available for free, but did you know that Northanger Abbey, Emma, Love & Friendship, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park are also available for free?