Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most famous authors in the western cannon (possibly helped along by a certain well-known Colin-Firth-diving-into-a-pond scene in the BBC Pride and Prejudice television serial adaptation). And our fascination isn't just with her works: it's with the woman herself. There are countless biographies, a museum, websites, and films: Miss Austen Regrets, Becoming Jane, and, I would argue, the 1999 Mansfield Park adaptation, wherein Fanny Price has more in common with her spirited author than with the rather prudish and timid heroine of the novel. Jane Austen [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons But the irony of our obsession with Jane Austen the woman is that during her lifetime, her works were all published anonymously. Her first novel to be published, Sense and Sensibility, was simply 'By a Lady'. Her next published novel, Pride and Prejudice, was 'By the Author of Sense and Sensibility.' Childhood...
Read the essay: The Anonymous Jane Austen by Kate O'Connor
# Title Description Contributor
1 The Watsons: Jane Austen Practising

Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks about some of Jane Austen'...

Kathryn Sutherland
2 Language and History

Prof. Simon Horobin examines how the English language has changed over time, addressing such...

Simon Horobin
3 The real Jane Austen: A life in small things

Biographer Paula Byrne (Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the...

Paula Byrne
4 What's so great about Austen? Isn't she just bonnets and balls?

Some film and tv adaptations of Jane Austen's novels might give the impression that the...

Sandie Byrne
5 Jane Austen's Manuscripts Explored

Professor Kathyrn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks around the manuscripts of Jane...

Kathryn Sutherland
# Title Description Contributor
1 The Watsons: Jane Austen Practising

Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks about some of Jane Austen'...

Kathryn Sutherland
2 'A Dead Silence': Reading Jane Austen's Mansfield Park pt1

Richard De Ritter from the University of Leeds discusses the different ways of reading Jane...

Richard De Ritter
3 'A Dead Silence': Reading Jane Austen's Mansfield Park pt2

In the second part of this lecture on ways of reading Jane Austen's 'Mansfield Park', Richard De...

Richard De Ritter
4 Genre (pt.1)

Video podcast with Dr Jane Rickard, The University of Leeds. Part 1 (of 2) + discussion forum...

Jane Rickard
5 The Classical Feminist Tradition (lecture)

Lecture by Professor Paul H. Fry, part of Open Yale course 'Introduction to Theory of Literature...

OpenYale
6 What's so great about Austen? Isn't she just bonnets and balls?

Some film and tv adaptations of Jane Austen's novels might give the impression that the...

Sandie Byrne
7 Jane Austen's Manuscripts Explored

Professor Kathyrn Sutherland from the University of Oxford talks around the manuscripts of Jane...

Kathryn Sutherland
# Title Description Author
1 Lady Susan

ebook version of Lady Susan

Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
2 Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
3 The Watsons

ebook version of The Watsons

Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
4 Mansfield park

Routledge's 1883 edition

Jane Austen
5 Pride and Prejudice

Routledge's 1883 edition

Jane Austen
6 Emma

Routledge's 1883 edition

Jane Austen
7 Northanger abbey, and Persuasion.

The Parlour Library, Lond. 1853 edition

Jane Austen
8 Sense and sensibility

Routledge's 1883 edition

Jane Austen
9 Love & freindship [sic] and other early works : now first printed from the original ms.

by Jane Austen ; with a preface by G.K. Chesterton.
London : Chatto & Windus 1922

Jane Austen
10 Introductions to Jane Austen

By John Bailey. London : Oxford University Press. 1931

John Bailey
11 Persuasion Jane Austen
12 Emma Jane Austen
13 Mansfield park Jane Austen
14 Pride and prejudice Jane Austen
15 Sense and sensibility Jane Austen
16 Northanger Abbey

1798, published 1817

Jane Austen
17 Love and Freindship

ebook version of Love and Freindship

Austen, Jane, 1775-1817
18 Lady Susan Jane Austen
# Essay Title Description Contributor
1 The Anonymous Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most famous authors in the western cannon (possibly helped...

Kate O'Connor
2 Frances Burney: the "Mother of English Fiction"

By Kate O'Connor

Before there...

Kate O'Connor
# Resource Title Description Contributor
1 Steventon Rectory

Engraving of Steventon rectory, home of the Austen family during much of Jane Austen's lifetime...

2 Pride and Prejudice title page

The title page of the Richard Bentley edition of of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the first...

3 Bennet family at home (image)

Illustration by Hugh Thomson to Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, ca. 1894. Depicts the...

4 Jane Austen's House in Chawton

Jane Austen lived here, in Chawton, during her final years.

Rudi Riet
# Resource Title Description Contributor
1 Jane Austen’s readers (essay)

Essay with images and links by Katie Halsey part of the OpenLearn unit 'History of reading: An...

Katie Halsey
2 The uncensored Jane Austen

The early works of Jane Austen may not be as well remembered as her six novels, but as Janet...

Janet Todd