Jane Austen

Web Sites — General Interest

JASNA: The Jane Austen Society of North America
This site for The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to Jane Austen and her writing. The site includes news and events, information about regional groups, and a history of films based on Austen's works.

The Republic of Pemberley
This comprehensive site provides detailed information on Austen's novels and letters, a complete listing of film adaptations, and biographical and cultural background to the novels.

The Jane Austen House Museum
Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in a 17th-century house in Chawton, England, now the Jane Austen's House Museum. In this home, Austen wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion and revised Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey.

The Chawton House Library
The Chawton House Library's mission is to promote study and research in early English women's writing and to protect and preserve Chawton House, the home and working estate of Jane Austen's brother, Edward Austen Knight. The Chawton House Library houses a unique collection of books focusing on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830.

A blog devoted to the brilliance of Jane Austen through her novels, life and modern interpretations.

The Austen Blog
This site offers commentary and news about Austen in popular culture.

Jane Austen's World http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com
This blog is dedicated to Jane Austen and the Regency Period in England.

Web Sites — Jane Austen Works

The Victorian Literary Studies Archive: A Hyper-Concordance to the Works of Jane Austen
The Victorian Literary Studies Archive, part of the Graduate School of Languages and Cultures at Nagoya University in Japan, presents a hyper-concordance of Jane Austen's major works that allows the user to search full e-texts for specific words or phrases.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg, producer of free electronic books, presents full and unabridged e-texts of classic works. E-texts of Austen works available through Project Gutenberg include Emma, Lady Susan, Love and Friendship, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility.

Jane Austen's History of England
Hosted by the British Library, this site is an interactive version of Austen's handwritten History of England (a parody of the schoolroom history books of her time), written when she was 15.

Web Sites — Regency England

Regency England 1790 - 1830
This site offers illustrated essays on weddings, shopping, fashion, and romances of Regency England.

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath
This site celebrates Austen, Bath's most famous resident, with an online magazine, walking tours, Austen research, and background on Regency England.

An online community named for a shop in Bath that appears in Persuasion, this site provides searchable e-texts of Austen's works, discussion forums, and e-cards.

Books — Biographies

Austen-Leigh, J. E. A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections. Oxford University Press, 2002. This edition of the first Austen biography combines the memoir of her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh with the recollections of his sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen.

Honan, Park. Jane Austen: Her Life. St. Martin's Press, 1987. Considered the definitive Austen biography, this book emphasizes how the broad historical and social context of Regency England influenced Austen.

Spence, Jon. Becoming Jane Austen. Continuum Publishing, 2007. The 2007 film Becoming Jane is based on Spence's biography, which mines Austen's letters and writing for clues to the people and events, that shaped her as a writer.

Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen: A Life. Knopf, 1997. This biography examines each of the novels in the context of Austen's life events and influences.

Books — Austen and Her World

Black, Maggie. The Jane Austen Cookbook. McClelland & Stewart, 2002. This book includes Georgian and Regency recipes set in the context of the era's social and domestic history.

Hughes, Kristine. Life in Regency and Victorian England: From 1811-1901. Writer's Digest Books, 1998. This resource provides details about daily life in England during this period in history.

Klingel Ray, Joan. Jane Austen for Dummies. For Dummies, 2006. A fun and informative guide to Austen's novels and the intricacies of Austen's world, by a former president of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Le Faye, Deirde. Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels. Frances Lincoln, 2006. An Austen scholar and biographer offers historical and cultural background to the novels.

Pool, Daniel. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. Touchstone, 1994. This guide provides details about daily life in 19th century England in short, easy to read chapters.

Ross, Josephine. Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades, and Horrible Blunders. Bloomsbury, 2006. This guide to correct social behavior in Regency England is based on the correspondence between Jane Austen and her niece Anna.

Sullivan, Margaret. The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World. Quirk Books, 2007. This handbook offers step-by-step instructions for leading a proper aristocratic life in Regency England, from manners to dressing, dining, and courtship.

Books — Austen and Film

Flavin, Louise. Jane Austen in the Classroom: Viewing the Novel/Reading the Film. Peter Lang, 2004. This guide offers approaches to reading Austen's novels and viewing their film adaptations.

Golden, John. Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom. NCTE, 2001. This general resource helps teachers incorporate film into the study of literature.

Parrill, Sue. Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations. McFarland, 2002. This is a comprehensive filmography of Austen's adaptations, organized novel by novel, with comparative analysis.

Troost, Linda and Sayre Greenfield, eds. Jane Austen in Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky, 2001. This collection includes 13 essays on recent adaptations of Austen novels.

Books — Just for Fun

Fowler, Karen Joy. The Jane Austen Book Club. Plume, 2005. This is a novel, an exploration of Austen's work, and a resource for your own Austen book club all rolled into one.

Henderson, Lauren. Jane Austen's Guide to Dating. Hyperion, 2005. This book draws on the wisdom in Austen's novels to advise those searching for the perfect mate today. Includes personality quizzes to reveal which Austen character you most resemble.

Hannon, Patrice. 101 Things You Didn't Know about Jane Austen: The Truth about the World's Most Intriguing Romantic Literary Heroine. Adams Media, 2007. This book offers trivia and tidbits from Austen's life.

Sutherland, John and Deirdre Le Faye, So You Think You Know Jane Austen? A Literary Quizbook. Oxford University Press, 2005. This book offers quizzes on Austen's novels, on the actions and motivations of characters, and on the meaning of events.

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