Books About Jane Austen

Jane Austen lived only forty-one years and wrote only six books. Every year new fans succumb to the charms of her heroines like Miss Bennet and Miss Dashwood; and heroes like Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightley.

There is a segment of admirers who go beyond the works of Jane Austen to yearning to learn more about the woman and her writing. What follows is a list of current books about Austen or her books (not her novels or off shoots). I tried to keep it to the books that are still in print. I hope you enjoy your journey into all things Austen.

40+ Books About Jane Austen

  1. So You Think You Know Jane Austen? (2010)
  2. 34 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen (2009)
  3. Jane Austen and Marriage (2009)
  4. Jane Austen: Writer of Fancy (2009)
  5. A Memoir of Jane Austen: Other Family Recollections (2008)
  6. The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen (2008)
  7. In the Garden with Jane Austen(2008)
  8. The Little Book of Jane Austen(2008)
  9. Jane Austen: Her Golden Years (2008)
  10. Jane Austen: Brief Lives (2008)
  11. Jane Austen: Very Interesting People Series (2007)
  12. The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World (2007)
  13. 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen (2007)
  14. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (2007)
  15. Just Jane (2007)
  16. Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels (2006)
  17. Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer’s City (2006)
  18. Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders (2006)
  19. A Chronology of Jane Austen and her Family: 1700-2000 (2006)
  20. Jane Austen in Context (2006)
  21. Jane Austen Miscellany (2006)
  22. Searching for Jane Austen (2006)
  23. Jane Austen For Dummies (2006)
  24. Letters Of Jane Austen V1 (2006)
  25. Letters Of Jane Austen V2 (2006)
  26. Jane Austen’s Philosophy of the Virtues (2005)
  27. Jane Austen and the Navy (2005)
  28. Jane Austen: A Life (2005)
  29. Tea with Jane Austen (2004)
  30. Jane Austen: Critical Issues (2004)
  31. Jane Austen Dictionary (2003)
  32. The Wisdom of Jane Austen (2003)
  33. Jane Austen’s Art of Memory (2003)
  34. In the Steps of Jane Austen: Walking Tours of Austen’s England (2003)
  35. The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well-Mannered Introduction (2001)
  36. Jane Austen and the Fiction of her Time (2001)
  37. Jane Austen and Mary Shelley and Their Sisters (2000)
  38. Jane Austen in Hollywood (2000)
  39. Jane Austen: A Life (1999)
  40. A Jane Austen Encyclopedia (1998)
  41. Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (1990)
  42. Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1988)

Given that most of the books listed are fairly recent, it is awe inspiring to think how many books have been printed about Austen and her books since her death. We can’t stop reading about her and we can’t stop talking about her.

This piece was initially posted on 6/6/2009 at Literary Fiction, BellaOnline.

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