The Jane Austen Sub-Project

An annotated edition of Pride and Prejudice, with illustrations.

“…but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” ~Jane Austen

I’m obsessed with all things Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time: I’ve read it four times, including once in Spanish (Orgullo y Prejuicio). I’ve re-watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film starring Keira Knightly countless times. I have porcelain teacups that I adore precisely because they look so Jane Austen-esque. I still keep a physical address book…probably because it’s a Jane Austen address book.

Now here comes a readerly confession: despite my self-proclaimed obsession, out of Austen’s 7 novels I’ve only ever read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility! OK, OK, to give myself a teensy tiny bit of credit, I have read some of her short story juvenilia, including Love and Freindship [sic], Lesley Castle, and The History of England. But honestly, what kind of Jane Austen fan has only read 2 of her novels?

So this Jane Austen Sub-Project is my attempt to rectify this error. I plan to read all of Austen’s 7 novels, as well as 6 nonfiction works about Jane Austen because I’m dying to dive into her world and learn more.

Jane Austen’s Novels

  • Sense and Sensibility (to re-read)
  • Pride and Prejudice (re-read in Spanish: Orgullo y Prejuicio)
  • Mansfield Park
  • Emma
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Persuasion
  • Sanditon

Nonfiction Works

  • A Companion to Jane Austen by Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite ~CURRENTLY READING~
    • A deep dive into Austen scholarship, with 42 essays from distinguished literary scholars.
  • Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
    • One of the better-known Jane Austen biographies.
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen edited by Susannah Carson
    • Essays from Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, and other great critics, discuss what they find fascinating about Jane Austen’s work.
  • Jane Austen’s England by Roy and Lesley Adkins
    • An exploration of the customs and culture of England, and what day-to-day life was like during Jane Austen’s lifetime.
  • Jane Austen’s Letters edited by Deirdre Le Faye
    • While Austen’s family burned the bulk of her letters after her death, a few have survived. Here they are collected and annotated.
  • A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
    • One man’s discovery of the great novelist’s teachings–a demonstration of what great literature is for.

A copy of Orgullo y Prejuicio (Pride and Prejudice, translated into Spanish)