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.

Austen Blog

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.” ~Jane Austen (Emma)

Are you a Janeite? Someone who can’t get enough of British novelist Jane Austen and her life works? If your admiration goes beyond the occasional misty thought of re-reading Pride and Prejudice then chances are you are a Janeite.

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Portrait of Jane Austen

The Internet has done a lot for connecting Janeites from around the world so they can share information about their goddess; unfortunately with the internet it’s hard to sort out fact from fiction in some cases. In walks the Austin Blog created by Margaret Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook: a sensible guide to her world and an active member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). Because there is a vast amount of information to sift through she has four helpers, Julie, Tasha, Mary and Heather. All women come from various backgrounds and lifestyles. But they have joined together with one common goal.

They provide commentary, review, insight and perspective on all things Austen. From news pieces about upcoming films and theatre productions, to book reviews of Jane Austen’s books, new editions as well as old, from literary to romance. They read and discuss articles and other opinion pieces from newspapers and elsewhere online. They dish about the actors from the various movie incarnations, especially Colin Firth. And to really send Janeites into a tizzy they offer book giveaways and other swag. Any mentions what-so-ever in any form are fair game. Their blog tagline is, “She’s everywhere.” And one certainly gets that impression after visiting this blog which has something for the novice or experienced Janeite.

The blog is delivered from the perspective of one Janeite to another but with a journalist edge. A particularly informative post from August of this year referred to the latest movie Becoming Jane. To help put the movie in perspective they provided legitimate sources for information on Jane’s life and other writing to help fans of Jane Austen and of the movie determine real from creative license.

Austen Blog has a very simple layout and pale blue background both of which are easy on the eyes and make spending long periods of time catching up on Jane Austen tidbits more comfortable. The right hand sidebar has a number of links to the latest news on the web, other bloggers, and books all related to Jane Austen or her works including upcoming books, films, stage performances and other events.

Visit Austen Blog to get your dose of Jane Austen

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This piece was first posted 10/14/2007 at Literary Fiction, BellaOnline.