Austen Literary History & Criticism


Books / Journals:

  1. Auerbach, Emily.  Searching for Jane Austen.  Madison, WI:  University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.  [Includes the full text of Mark Twian’s “Jane Austen” and Auerbach’s article on “Did Mark Twian Really Hate Jane Austen?”]
  2. Apperson, G.L. A Jane Austen Dictionary.  (c1932, 1976). Identifies people and places from Jane’s life, as well as her writings.
  3. Black, Maggie, Deirdre Le Faye.  The Jane Austen Cookbook.  London:  British Museum Press, 1995.
  4. Bradbrook, F.W.  Jane Austen and her Predecessors.  Cambridge University Press, 1966.
  5. Brownstein, Rachel.  Becoming a Heroine.  NY:  1982.
  6. Carson, Susannah, ed.  A Truth Universally Acknowledged:  33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen.  NY:  Random, 2009.
  7. Chandler, Steve, and Terrence N. Hill.  Two Guys Read Jane Austen.  Bandon, OR:  Robert D. Reed, 2008.
  8. Collins, Irene.  Jane Austen and the Clergy.  London:  Hambledon Press, 1994.
  9. Craik, W.A.  Jane Austen: the six novels.  Methuen, 1965.
  10. Dabundo, Laura, ed.  Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and Their Sisters.  Lanham, MD:  University of America Press, 2000.
  11. Day, Malcolm.  Voices from the World of Jane Austen.  David & Charles, 2006.
  12. Deresiewilcz, William.  Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets.  NY:  Columbia University Press, 2004.
  13. Duckworth, Alistair M.  The Improvement of the Estate: a study of Jane Austen’s novels.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994 [originally published in 1971]
  14. Evans, Mary.  Jane Austen and the State.  London:  Tavistock, 1987.
  15. Folsom, Marcia McClintock, ed.  Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Emma.  NY:  Modern Language Association of America, 2004.
  16. Folsom, Marcia McClintock, ed.  Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  NY:  Modern Language Association of America, 1993.
  17. Fullerton, Susannah.  Jane Austen & Crime. 3rd ed. Madison, WI:  Jones Books, 2006.
  18. Fullerton, Susannah, and Anne Harbers, eds.  Jane Austen:  Antipodean Views.  NSW:  Wellington Lane Press, 2001.
  19. Galperin, William H.  The Historical Austen.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
  20. Gillie, Christopher.  A Preface to Jane Austen.  Essex, UK:  Longman Group, 1983, c1974.
  21. Grey, J. David (managing ed.); A. Walton Litz and Brian Southam (consulting eds.). The Jane Austen Companion: With A Dictionary of Jane Austen’s Life and Works, by H. Abigail Bok (1986). With contributions from leading Austen scholars, and topics ranging from ‘Dress and Fashion’ (Penelope Byrd) to ‘Travel and Transportation’ (Lorraine Hanaway), this is a ‘companion’ volume you will cherish.
  22. Halperin,John and Janet Kunert.  Plots and Characters in the Fiction of Jane Austen, the Brontes, and George Eliot.  Hamden, CT:  Archon, 1976.
  23. Handler, Richard, and Daniel Segal.  Jane Austen and the Fiction of Culture: as Essay on the Narration of Social Realities. Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield, 1999. 
  24. Harding, D.W.; Monica Lawlor, ed.  Regulated Hatred and Other Essays on Jane Austen.  London:  Athlone Press, 1998.
  25. Hardwick, Michael.  A Guide to Jane Austen.  NY:  Charles Scribner’s, 1973.
  26. Hardy, Barbara.  A Reading of Jane Austen.  NY:  New York University Press, 19979.
  27. Harman, Claire.  Jane’s Fame:  How Jane Austen Conquered the World.  Edinburgh:  Canongate, 2009.
  28. Harris, Jocelyn.  A Revolution almost Beyond Expression:  Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  University of Delaware Press, 2007.
  29. Hawkridge, Audrey.  Jane and her Gentlemen: Jane Austen and the Men in her Life and Novels.  London:  Peter Owen, 2002.
  30. Hubert, Maria [comp.]  Jane Austen’s Christmas:  the festive season in Georgian England.  Stroud, UK:  Sutton, 1996.
  31. Jenkyns, Richard.  A Fine Brush on Ivory:  an appreciation or Jane Austen.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2004.
  32. Johnson, Claudia.  Jane Austen – Women, Politics and the Novel.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.
  33. Johnson, Claudia L. and Clara Tuite, eds.  A Companion to Jane Austen.  West Sussex, UK:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.  A collection of 42 essays.  Invaluable resource.
  34. Jones, Hazel.  Jane Austen & Marriage.  Continuum Books, 2009
  35. Kaplan, Deborah.  Jane Austen Among Women.  Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.
  36. Kaye-Smith, Sheila and G.B. Stern.  Speaking of Jane Austen.  London:  Cassel & Co., 1943.
  37. _________________________ .  More Talk of Jane Austen.  London:  Cassell, 1950.
  38. Kennedy, Margaret.  Jane Austen.  London:  Arthur Barker, 1950.
  39. Kirkham, Margaret.  Jane Austen, Feminism and Fiction.  NY:  Methuen, 1986, c1983.
  40. Lambdin, Laura Cooner and Robert Thomas Lambdin, eds.  A Companion to Jane Austen Studies.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood, 2000. A collection of 22 essays.
  41. Lane, Maggie.  Jane Austen and Food.  London:  Hambledon, 1995.
  42. Lane, Maggie.  Jane Austen and Names.  Bristol, UK: Blaise Books, 2002.
  43. Lascelles, Mary.  Jane Austen and Her Art.  Oxford University Press, 1939.  The very best must-have…
  44. Lauber, John.  Jane Austen.  NY:  Twayne Publishers, 1993 [Twayne’s English Author Series, TEAS 498]
  45. Le Faye, Deirdre.  Jane Austen:  the world of her novels.  London:  Frances Lincoln, 2002.
  46. Leavis, Q.D.  A Critical Theory of Jane Austen’s Writings.  Cambridge Univesity Press, 1963.
  47. Leeming, Glenda. Who’s Who in Jane Austen and the Brontes.  Hawthorn Books, 1974.  Lists each author separately; identifies characters, major and small, in a handy alphabetical listing.
  48. Liddell, Robert.  The Novels of Jane Austen.  London:  Longmans, 1963.
  49. Litz, A. W. Jane Austen:  a study in her literary development.  2nd ed.  London:  Chatoo & Windus, 1961.
  50. Lodge, David, ed.  Jane Austen:  Emma – A Selection of Critical Essays [Casebook Series].  Palgrave Macmillan, 1968.
  51. Lynch, Deidre, ed.  Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees.  Prinecton University Press, 2000.
  52. MacDonagh, Oliver.  Jane Austen: real and imagined worlds.  New Haven, CT:  Yale University Press, 1991. 
  53. McMaster, Juliet, ed.  Jane Austen’s Achievment:  papers delivered at the Jane Austen Bicentennial Conference at the University of Alberta. London:  Macmillan, 1976.
  54. Monaghan, David.  Jane Austen:  Structure and Social Vision.  NY:  Harper & Row, 1980.
  55. Morris, Ivor.  Mr. Collins Considered:  approaches to Jane Austen.  London:  Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987.
  56. Mudrick, Marvin.  Jane Austen:  irony as defense and discovery.  Princeton UP, 1952.
  57. Olsen, Kirstin. All Things Austen.   (2005).  
  58. __________ . Cooking with Jane Austen.  Westport CT:  Greenwood, 2005.
  59. Perkins, Moreland.  Reshaping the Sexes in Sense and Sensibility.  Charlottesville, VA:  Univerisity of Virginia, 1998.
  60. Phillips, K.C.   Jane Austen’s English.  Andre Deutch, 1970.
  61. Pollock, Walter Herries.  Jane Austen: her contemporaries and herself, an essay in criticisim.  London:  Longmans Green, 1899. [also available in a 1972 limited edition reprint by Folcroft Library Editions]
  62. Powell, Violet.  A Jane Austen Compendium:  the six major novels.  London:  Heinemann, 1993.
  63. Ray, Joan Klingel.  Jane Austen for Dummies.  Wiley, 2006.
  64. Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. On Jane Austen, The Cornhill Magazine, 1871. [at]
  65. Ross, Josephine.  Jane Austen:  a companion.  London:  John Murray, 2002.
  66. Sadleir, Michael.  The Northanger Novels:  a footnote to Jane Austen.  Norwood Editions, 1985 [reprint of the 1927 English Association Pamphlet No. 68.]
  67. Sale, Roger.  Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England.  NY:  1996.
  68. Selwyn, David.  Jane Austen and Leisure.  London:  Hambledon Press, 1999.
  69. Southam, B.C., ed.  Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey and Persuasion:  a Casebook.  London:  Macmillan, 1976.
  70. ___________ , ed.  Jane Austen – Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park:  a Casebook.  London:  Macmillan, 1976.
  71. ___________, ed.  Jane Austen: The Critical Heritage.  Routledge, 1968.  a major must-have…
  72. ____________.  Jane Austen’s literary Manuscripts.  Oxford University Press, 1964.
  73. Sutherland, Kathryn.  Jane Austen’s Textual Lives:  from Aeschylus to Bollywood.  Oxford, 2007, c2005.
  74. Tave, Stuart.  Some Words of Jane Austen.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1973 [London:  Hambledon, 2003].
  75. Thompson, James.  Between Self and World:  the novels of Jane Austen.  University Park, PA:  Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988.
  76. Todd, Janet, ed.  Jane Austen in Context.  Cambridge UPress, 2005, 2007 with corrections.
  77. Troost, Linda, and Sayre Greenfield, eds.  Jane Austen in Hollywood.  Lexington, KY:  University of Kentucky Press, 1998.
  78. Tyler, Natalie.  The Friendly Jane Austen:  a well-mannered introduction to a Lady of Sense & Sensibility.  NY:  Viking, 1999.
  79. Waldron, Mary.  Jane Austen and the Fiction of Her Time.  Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  80. Wallace, Robert K.  Jane Austen and Mozart:  classical equilibrium in fiction and music.  University of Georgia Press, 2009 [first published in 1983] – the appendix “Jane Austen at the Keyboard” is worth the price of admission.
  81. Weldon, Fay.  Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen.  NY:  Carroll & Graf, 1990, c1984.
  82. Wright, Andrew H.  Jane Austen’s Novels: a study in structure.  London: Chatto & Windus, 1961.


Persuasions, The Jane Austen Journal –  The annual journal of JASNA, earlier issues are available online; back-issues also available for purchase[JASNA 1979 – present]

Persuasions, The Jane Austen Journal On-line  – since 1999, this online edition offers many articles not in the printed journal  [JASNA, 1999-present]

JASNA News:  Book Reviews

JAS  Report – the annual report of the Jane Austen Society of the UK, not available online:

Collected Reports of The Jane Austen Society:

  • Volume 1 (1949 – 1965)
  • Volume 2 (1966 – 1975)
  • Volume 3 (1976 – 1985)
  • Volume 4 (1986 – 1995)
  • Volume 5 (1996 – 2000) – includes index 1949 – 2000
  • Volume 6 (2001 – 2005)

JASA Sensibilities –  the journal of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, is published twice yearly and is sent free to JASA members.  A few select articles are available online or in summary form; see also the JASA Book Reviews, some available online. And see  “10 Lives of Jane Austen Compared“, a collection of book reviews of ten of the leading biographies on Austen and how they compare.

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine




[See also The World of Jane Austen ~ Literature & Austen’s Literary Circle page ]

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