Austen Reading Lists

This list contains book ads from the Minneapolis AGM

Searching for Jane Austen—Emily Auerbach—“surveys two centuries of editing,

censoring, and distorting Jane Austen’s life.”


Matters of Fact in Jane Austen—Janine Barchas


A Revolution Almost Beyond Expression: Jane Austen’s Persuasion—Paula Byrne—

an examination of this final complete novel and its significance.


Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom—Deborah

Yaffe—“a warm, witty look at the passionate, thriving world of Austen



The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte—Syrie James


Elizabeth and Darcy—Marlene Jondal Ebert—a comic sequel to Pride and Prejudice


Undressing Mr. Darcy—Karen Doornebos


Blaise Castle, Sotherton Abbey, The Adobe Castle, Persuaded, Without a Wagon,

Perilous Pursuit—all by Inez Ross


Darcy Saga Series (eight titles, beginning with Mr.and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy)—

Sharon Latham


A Dream House—Carol Chernega—tour through the homes of sixteen English writers


Jane Austen, Game Theorist—Michael Suk-Young Chwe—shows JA as a strategic



According  to Jane—“contemporary coming-of-age women’s fiction story for mature


Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match—“sweet contemporary romantic comedy for

all readers, teen through adult—Marilyn Brant


The Pursuit of Mary Bennet—Pamela Mingle—the overshadowed sister takes center



My Courage Rises—Bonnie Herron—the heroine relies on the characters of JA to

carry her through difficult times

Heyerwood—Lauren Gilbert

The Dancing Master, The Tutor’s Daughter, The Girl in the Gatehouse, The Apothecary’s Daughter, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Silent Governess, The Lady of Milkweed Manor—all by Julie Klassen




This page contain two rather lengthy reading lists, the first is from JASNA; the second is from the editor of this webpage.

Suggested Reading for Janeites

Supplement your reading of the novels with the biographies, works of literary criticism, and 18th- and 19th-Century histories.  You can even read what Jane Austen read.  While some of these books may be out of print, they are often still available in university and public libraries. 


This list is by no means all-inclusive.  If you have a book in mind that should be added to the suggested reading list, please contact Iris Lutz at


Austen Biography, Background, Criticism, and Commentary

·       The Jane Austen Companion, ed. J. David Grey, A. Walton Litz & Brian Southam. New York:  Macmillan, 1986. Surveys all major aspects for study.

·       Brownstein, Rachel. Becoming a Heroine. New York: 1982.

·       Fergus, Jan. Jane Austen: A Literary Life. New York: St Martins Press, 1994.

·       Honen, Park. Jane Austen: Her Life. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1978. Highly regarded biography. Reissued in paper, 1996, with updated bibliography.

·       Johnson, Claudia. Jane Austen - Women, Politics and the Novel. Chicago: 1988.

·       Kaye-Smith, Sheila and Stern, G.B. Speaking of Jane Austen. London: Cassel & Co., 1943. A chatty, appealing book.

·       Lane, Maggie. Jane Austen's Family - Through Five Generations. London: Robert Hale, 1984.  Enjoyable family biography.

·       McMaster, Juliet & Stovel, Bruce, eds. Jane Austen's Business: Her World and Her Profession. New York: 1996. Excellent collection of essays (nine from JASNA's 1993 AGM) plus a short story by Margaret Drabble.

·       Monaghan, David. Jane Austen: Structure and Social Vision. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.

·       Tanner, Tony. Jane Austen. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1986. Engagingly written readings of the six novels and Sanditon; commentary on JA & the novel, society, education, language.

·       Roth, Barry. An Annotated Bibliography of Jane Austen Studies, 1984-94. Athens: 1996.  Everything published about Jane Austen in those 11 years.

·       Sale, Roger. Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England. New York and London: 1996.

·       Shields, Carol. Jane Austen. New York: Viking Penguin, 2001.

·       Spence, Jon. Becoming Jane Austen. London and New York: Hambledon and London, 2003.

·       Tave, Stuart. Some Words of Jane Austen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973. Erudite analysis, especially of Austenian language and style.

·       Tomalin, Claire.  Jane Austen: A Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and London: Viking Penguin, 1997.


18th and 19th Century Historical Background

·       T. S. Ashton, The Industrial Revolution 1760-1850.  1948.

·       G.J. Barker-Benfield, The Culture of Sensibility: Sex & Society in 18th Century Britain. Chicago, 1992.

·       E. W. Bovill, English Country Life 1780-1830.  1962.

·       Asa Briggs, How They Lived 1700-1815.  Oxford, 1969.

·       Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas on the Sublime & the Beautiful.

·       Kenneth Clark, Civilization. Harper & Row, 1969  (pp.221-311).

·       Irene Collins, Jane Austen and the Clergy. London, 1994.

·       P. Deane, The First Industrial Revolution. Cambridge, 1965.

·       Daniel Defoe, A Tour Through England & Wales. Dutton, 1948.

·       Barbara English & John Saville, Strict Settlement: A Guide for Historians. U of Hull, 1983.

·       David Gadd, Georgian Summer: Bath in the Eighteenth Century. Adams & Dart, 1971.

·       Dorothy George. London Life in the Eighteenth Century. Capricorn, 1965.

·       Mark Girouard, Life in the English Country House. Penguin, 1980.

·       F. Halévy, A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century: Vol.1: England in 1815. 1964.

·       F. Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire. Penguin, 1968.

·       John Dixon Hunt, The Figure in the Landscape: Poetry, Painting, and Gardening during the Eighteenth Century. 1976.

·       Christopher Hussey, The Picturesque. 1928.

·       Derek Jarrett, Britain 1688-1815. 1965 and England in the Age of Hogarth. 1974.

·       Alan MacFarlane, Marriage and Love in England, Modes of Reproduction 1300 - 1840. Blackwell, 1986.

·       G.E. Mingay, English Landed Society in the Eighteenth Century. 1963.

·       R.S. Neale, Bath: A Social History. 1981.

·       David Owen, The Eighteenth Century 1714-1814. Norton, 1974.

·       J.H. Plumb, England in the Eighteenth Century 1714-1815, and Georgian Delights, 1980.

·       Roy Porter, English Society in the Eighteenth Century. Penguin, 1990.

·       George Rude, Hanoverian London 1714-1808, 1971.

·       Lawrence Stone, The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800. Abridged version Harper Colophon, 1979. An Open Elite? England 1540-1880. Oxford, 1984. Road to Divorce, 1990.  Uncertain Unions, and Broken Lives. Oxford.

·       John Summerson, Georgian London. Penguin, 1978 and Architecture in Britain: 1500-1815. 1977.

·       E. K. Waterhouse, Painting in Britain, 1530 to 1790. Harmondsworth, 1953.

·       E. N. Williams, Life in Georgian England. Batsford, 1962.

Reading What Jane Austen Read

After you’ve read and discussed everything Jane Austen wrote, try reading the novels that she read and enjoyed herself.   

·       Mary Brunton, Discipline (1814). Pandora.

·       Mary Brunton, Self Control (1810-1811). Pandora.

·       Frances Burney, Evelina (1778). Oxford.

·       Maria Edgeworth, Ennui (1809) (with Castle Rackrent – 1800). Penguin.

·       Maria Edgeworth, Patronage (1814). Pandora.

·       Maria Edgeworth, Belinda (1811). Pandora.

·       Mary Hays, Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1792). Penguin

·       Eliza Haywood, The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751). Pandora.

·       Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story (1791). Oxford.

·       Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote (1752). Oxford.

·       Lady Morgan, The Wild Irish Girl (1806). Pandora.

·       Amelia Opie, Adeline Mowbray (1804). Pandora.

·       Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794). Oxford.

·       Ann Radcliffe, The Italian (1797). Oxford.

·       Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest (1791). Oxford.

·       Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple (1794). Penguin.

·       Sarah Scott, Millenium Hall (1762). Virago.

·       Frances Sheridan, The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1761). Oxford.

·       Charlotte Smith, The Old Manor House (1793). Oxford.

·       Charlotte Smith, Emmeline – The Orphan of the Castle (1788). Pandora. 

Suggested Reading for Janeite(By Category)

(compiled by Sue Landaw, and, yes, I know it is incomplete, but it is a start)

Criticism, and Commentary

Brownstein, Rachel               Becoming a Heroine              

Copeland and McMasters         Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen           

Flavin, Louise                      Jane Austen in the Classroom

Folsom, Marcia                    Approaches to Teaching Pride and Prejudice

Folsom, Marcia                    Approaches to Teaching Emma           

Fullerton, Susannah              Jane Austen Antopidean Views 

Fullerton, Susannah              Jane Austen and Crime                            

Gard, Roger                       Jane Austen’s Novels: the Art of Clarity

Grey, Walton, & Southam       The Jane Austen Companion

Hannon, Patrice, PhD             101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen

Johnson, Claudia                  Jane Austen: Women, Politics, Novel

Kaye-Smith & Stern             Speaking of Jane Austen

Lane, Maggie                     Jane Austen's Family - Through Five Generations.

Looser, Devoney                  British Women Writers/Writing of Hist 

Macdonagh, Oliver                Jane Austen Real and Imagined Worlds

McMaster & Stovel, eds.        Jane Austen's Business: Her World and Her Profession

Miller, D.A.                        Jane Austen Secret of Style   

Monaghan, David                  Jane Austen: Structure and Social Vision                

Ray, Joan                         Jane Austen for Dummies                                  

Ross, Josephine                   Jane Austen a companion

Roth, Barry                       An Annotated Bibliography of Jane Austen

Sale, Roger                       Jane Austen and Representations of Regency

Southan, B.C. ed                 Critical Essays on Jane Austen

Tave, Stuart                      Some Words of Jane Austen

18th and 19th Century Historical Background

Ashton, T.S.             The Industrial Revolution 1760-1850. 

Barker-Benfield, G.S.   The Culture of Sensibility: Sex & Society in 18th Century                                   Britain

Bovil, E.W.               English Country Life 1780-1830

Brigg                      How They Lived 1700-1815.   

Burke, Edmund           A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas on                              the Sublime & the Beautiful.

Clark, Kenneth           Civilization

Collins, Irene             Jane Austen and the Clergy

Deane, P.M.              The First Industrial Revolution

Defoe, Daniel             A Tour Through England & Wales

English & Saville         Strict Settlement: A Guide for Historians.

Gadd & Summer         Bath in the Eighteenth Century

George, M. Dorothy     London Life in the Eighteenth Century

Girouard, Mark           Life in the English Country House

Halévy, Elie              A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century: Vol.1: England in 1815. 1964.

Hobsbawm, Eric          Industry and Empire

Hun, John Dixon         The Figure in the Landscape: Poetry, Painting, and Gardening during the Eighteenth Century

Hussey, Christopher      The Picturesque        

Jarret, Derek            Britain 1688-1815. 1965 and England in the Age of Hogarth

MacFarlane, Alan        Marriage and Love in England, Modes of Reproduction 1300 Mingay English Landed Society in the Eighteenth Century

Neale, R.S.               Bath: A Social History

Owen, John B.           The Eighteenth Century 1714-1814

Plumb, J.H.              England in the Eighteenth Century 1714-1815, and

Porter, Roy              English Society in the Eighteenth Century.

Rude, George            Hanoverian London 1714-1808

Stone, Lawrence         The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800.

Summerson, John        Georgian London;  Architecture in Britain: 1500-1815.

Waterhouse, Ellis        Painting in Britain, 1530 to 1790

Williams, E Nevile       Life in Georgian England.

                            Reading What Jane Austen Read

Brunton, Mary                    Discipline

Brunton, Mary                    Self Control

Burney, Fanny                    Evelina

Burney, Fanny                     Cecilia

Edgeworth, Maria                 Ennui (with Castle Rackrent)   

Edgeworth, Maria                 Patronage

Edgeworth, Maria                 Belinda

Goldsmith, Oliver                 The Vicar of Wakefield

Hays, Mary                        Memoirs of Emma Courtney

Haywood, Eliza                    The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless

Inchbald, Elizabeth               A Simple Story

Lennox, Charlotte                The Female Quixote

Morgan, Lady                     The Wild Irish Girl

Opie, Amelia                       Adeline Mowbray

Radcliffe, Ann                     The Mysteries of Udolpho

Radcliffe, Ann                     The Italian

Radcliffe, Ann                     The Romance of the Forest

Richardson, Samuel               Pamela

Richardson, Samuel               Clarissa

Rowson, Susanna                  Charlotte Temple

Scott, Sarah                      Millenium Hall

Sheridan, Frances                 The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph

Smith, Charlotte                 The Old Manor House

Smith, Charlotte                 Emmeline – The Orphan of the Castle

Walpole, Horace                  The Castle of Otranto



Auerbach, Emily                  Searching for Jane Austen

                                  Jane Austen an illus anthology Gr Writers series

Austen-Leigh, Joan               Memoir of Jane Austen and other family recollections                     

Becker, May Lamberton          Presenting Miss Jane Austen

Collins, Irene                      Jane Austen Parson’s Daughter s

Collins, Irene                      Jane Austen and the Clergy    

Fergus, Jan                       Jane Austen: A Literary Life

Honan, Park                       Jane Austen: Her Life                             

Hughes-Hallett, Penelope        My Dear Cassandra: Letter to Her Sister

Jenkyns, Richard                 Fine Brush on Ivory

Lane, Maggie                      Jane Austen’s World

Lane, Maggie                      Charming Place

Laski, Marghanita                 Jane Austen and Her World                      

LeFaye, Deirdre                   Jane Austen’s Letters                            

Nicolson, Nigel                    The World of Jane Austen

Nicolson, Nigel                    Was J A Happy in Bath

Nokes, David                      Jane Austen a Life

Odiw, Jane                        Effusions of Fancy

Pitkin guide                       Jane  Austen                                               

Ray, Joan                         Jane Austen for Dummies                                  

Ross, Josephine                   Jane Austen a companion

Selwiyn, David                    Jane Austen and Leisure                          

Sherry, Norman                   Jane Austen

Shields, Carol                     Jane Austen   

Smith, Lori                        A Walk With Jane Austen                                          

Spence, Jon                       Becoming Jane Austen          

Tanner, Tony                      Jane Austen

Tomalin, Claire                    Jane Austen a Life     

Tucker, George Herbert         Jane Austen the Woman


Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor      

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Man of the Cloth signed           

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Genius of Place                    

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Wandering Eye                     

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Prisoner of Woolhouse             

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Stillroom Maid                     

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy                   

Barron, Stephanie                Jane and the Ghosts of Netley

Barrron, Stephanie               Jane and the Barque of Frailty         

Bebris, Carrie                     Suspense and Sensibility                 

Bebris, Carrie                     Pride and Prescience   

Bebris, Carrie                     North by Northanger



Aidan, Pamela                     Fitzwilliam Darcy Duty and Desire

Aidan, Pamela                     Fitzwilliam Darcy An Assembly Such as this

Aidan, Pamela                     These Three Remain

Aiken, Joan                       Jane Fairfax

Aiken, Joan                       Lady Catherine’s Necklace

Aiken, Joan                       Mansfield Revisited

Aiken, Joan                       The Youngest Miss Ward

Aston, Elizabeth                  Exploits and Adv of Miss Alethea Darcy

Aston, Elizabeth                  Mr. Darcy’s Daughters          

Aston, Elizabeth                  The True Darcy Spirit

Aston, Elizabeth                  The Second Mrs. Darcy         

Austen-Leigh, Joan               Mrs Goddard, Mistress of a School

Austen-Leigh, Joan               A Visit to Highbury

Austen-Leigh, Joan               Later Days at Highbury

Avery, Aimee                      A Little Bit Psychic: P&P with modern twist

Almer, Janet                      Darcy’s Story                                      

Bader, Ted and Marilyn          Desire and Duty

Bader, Ted and Marilyn          Virtue and Vanity

Barrett, Julia                     Jane Austen’s Charlotte (Sanditon)

Barrett, Julia                     Presumption: An Entertainment

Barrett, Julia                     The Third Sister: a continuation of Sense and Sensibility

Berdoll, Linda                     Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife

Berdoll, Linda                     Darcy and Elizabeth

Berdoll, Linda                     The Bar Sinister: Pride and Prejudice Continues

Billington, Rachel                 Perfect Happiness      

Brinton, Sybil G.                 Old Friends and New Fancies                      

Dawkins, Jane                     Letter from Pemberly; the first year

Ecksturt and Ashton             Pride and Promiscuity           

Elyot, Amanda                    By a Lady

Fafoutakis, Anne                  Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and other Stories

Fasman, Marjorie                 The Diary of Henry Fitzwilliam Darcy

Fenton, Kate                      Vanity and Vexation

Gillespie, Jane                    Aunt Celia

Gillespie, Jane                    Truth and Rumor

Grange, Amanda                  Mr. Darcy’s Story

Grange, Amanda                  Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

Grange, Amanda                  Mr. Darcy’s Diary

Grange, Amanda                  Captain Wentworth’s Diary

Grange, Amanda                  Mr. Knightley’s Diary

Halstead, Helen                   Mr. Darcy Presents his Bride

Holt, Hazel                        My Dear Charlotte

James, Syrie                      The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen                

Kaye, Susan                       Frederick Wentworth, Captain: None But You

Latham, Sharon                   Two Shall Become One

Louise, Kara                       Pemberley’s Promise

Reynolds, Abigail                  By Force of Instinct

Reynolds, Abigail                  Impulse and Initiative

Reynolds, Abigail                  The Last Man in the World

Reynolds, Abigail                  Pemberley by the Sea

Reynolds, Abigail                  Without Reserve

Shapiro, Juliette                 Excessively Diverted: the sequel to JA’s P & P

Street, Mary                     Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy

Tennant, Emma                   Pemberly

Tennant, Emma                   Unequal Marriage

Tennant, Emma                   Emma in Love

Contemporary spinoffs

Cohen, Paula                      Jane Austen In Boca

Fowler, Karen Joy                Jane Austen Book Club

Hale, Shannon                     Austenland

Hannon, Partice                   Dear Jane Austen: a Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love

Moser, Nancy                     Just Jane

Nathan, Melissa                   Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field

Nathan, Melissa                   Persuading Annie

Newgarden, Anne                 Becoming Jane

O’Rourke, Sally                   The Man Who Loved Jane Austen

Potter, Alexandra                Me and Mr. Darcy

Rigler, Laurie                      Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

Sanderson, Caroline               A Rambling Fancy

Smith, Debra                      Amanda

Smith, Debra                      Central Park

Smith, Debra                      First Impressions

Smith, Debra                      Northpointe Chalet

Smith, Debra                      Reason and Romance

Webster, Emma Campbell        Lost in Austen: Create your Own Jane Austen Adventure

Wimer, Genevieve                Honour and Humility


Defying Catagorization

Carson, Susannah        A Truth Universally Acknowledged

Adams, Buchanan, Gesch         The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to JA

Jane Austen films


Pride and Prejudice

1940 Greer Garson/ Laurence Olivier MGM

1949 Madge Evans/ Jahn Baragrey Philco TV Playhouse

1952 Daphne Slater/ Peter Cushing BBC mini series

1958    Jane Downs/ Alan Badel BBC mini series

1967 Celia Bannerman/ Lewis Fiander BBC mini series

1980 Elizabeth Garvie/ David Rintoul BBC-2 mini series

1995 Jennifer Ehle/ Colin Firth

2003 P&P A Latter Day Comedy Excel Entertainment Group

2004 Bride and Prejudice Aishwarya Rai/Martin Henderson IMBD

2006 Keira Knightley/ Matthew Mcfadyan




1961 Daphne Slater/ Paul Daneman BBC

1971 Anne Firbank/ Bryan Marshall ITV/ Granada

1995 Amanda Root/ Ciaran Hinda BBC/ Sony

2007 ITV


Mansfield Park


1983 Sylvestra LeTouzel/ Nicholas Farrell ITV/BBC-2

1999  Frances O’Conner/ Jonny Lee Miller BBC/ Miramax

2007 ITV


Sense and Sensibility


1950 Madge Evans/ Chester Stratton NBC Philco TV Playhouse

1971 Joanna David/ Richard Owens BBC-2 mini series

1981 Irene Richards/ Bosco Hogan BBC-1

1995  Emma Thompson/ Hugh Grant Columbia/ Mirage

2003 Kandukondian, Kkandukondian Aishwarya Rai/ Manohar

2007 ITV




1948 Judy Campbell/ Ralph Michael BBC

1954 Felicia Montealegre/ Peter Cookson NBC Kraft TV Theatre

1960 Diana Fairfax/ Paul Daneman BBC

1960 Nancy Wickwire CBS Camera Three

1972 Doran Godwin/ John Carson BBC-2

1995 Clueless Alicia Silverstone Paramount

1996 Gwyneth Paltrow/ Jeremy Northam Columbia/ Miramax

1996 Kate Beckinsale/ Mark Strong Meridian-ITV/ A&E


Northanger Abbey


1896 Katharine Schlesinger/ Peter Firth BBC/ A& E TV

2007 ITV





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Becoming Jane

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