“…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
- Northanger Abbey
- 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.