Jane Austen Quotes ~
• “It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.”
• “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
• “Nobody minds having what is too good for them.”
• “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.”
Books by and about Jane Austen...
ILLUSTRATED Jane Austen - 8 Books In 1. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady Susan, and Love & Friendship. - Jane Austen's complete novels, collected together in one uniquely comprehensive volume, now published with the complete set of Hugh Thomson's famous illustrations. Comprises the complete text of: “Sense and Sensibility”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Mansfield Park”, “Emma”, “Northanger Abbey”, “Persuasion”, “Lady Susan”, and “Love and Friendship”. This is the only single-volume edition of Jane Austen's novels to contain not only the wickedly humorous “Lady Susan”, but also the irrepressibly exuberant early work “Love and Friendship”. This collection allows readers to explore the development of one of the English language's greatest writers, following her development from the farcical comedy of “Love and Friendship” and “Northanger Abbey”, via her most popular work, “Pride and Prejudice”, to the masterpiece “Emma”, and the considered romance of “Persuasion”. A unique collection of the finest and most perceptive love stories ever written. Hugh Thomson first illustrated Jane Austen's works in the 1890's; his illustrations are prized for their wit and liveliness. The illustrations in this edition have been photographed directly from the original books, and digitally retouched for enhanced clarity. Copies of the original Hugh Thomson illustrated edition of Pride and Prejudice, from which these illustrations are taken, are highly prized by collectors.
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England - For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Brontës who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell “Tally Ho!” at a fox hunt, or how one landed in “debtor's prison,” here is a “delightful reader's companion that lights up the literary dark”" (The New York Times).
This fascinating, lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules, regulations, and customs that governed everyday life in Victorian England. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the “plums” in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life -- both “upstairs” and “downstairs.”
An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from “ague” to “wainscoting,” the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.
Jane Austen's Letters [UNABRIDGED] - Excellent compilation of Jane Austen's letters.
A Memoir of Jane Austen: and Other Family Recollections - James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his aunt Jane Austen was published in 1870, over fifty years after her death. Together with the shorter recollections of James Edward's two sisters, Anna Lefroy and Caroline Austen, the Memoir remains the prime authority for her life and continues to inform all subsequent accounts. These are family memories, the record of Jane Austen's life shaped and limited by the loyalties, reserve, and affection of nieces and nephews recovering in old age the outlines of the young aunt they had each known. They still remembered the shape of her bonnet and the tone of her voice, and their first-hand accounts bring her vividly before us. Their declared partiality also raises fascinating issues concerning biographical truth, and the terms in which all biography functions. This edition brings together for the first time these three memoirs, and also includes Jane's brother Henry Austen's ‘Biographical Notice’ of 1818 and his lesser known ‘Memoir’ of 1833, making a unique biographical record.(book description)
Jane Austen's World: The Life and Times of England's Most Popular Novelist - Maggie Lane, a respected Austen authority and a committee member of the Jane Austen Society, takes a look at the historical and social period in which Jane Austen was writing - a time when England was developing into a colonial power, George III sank into madness and the Regency took hold. Elsewhere, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars raged and the New World was developing.
The Jane Austen Cookbook - Jane Austen wrote her novels in the midst of a large and sociable family. Brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances were always coming and going, which offered numerous occasions for convivial eating and drinking. One of Jane’s dearest friends, Martha Lloyd, lived with the family for many years and recorded in her “Household Book” over 100 recipes enjoyed by the Austens. A selection of this family fare, now thoroughly tested and modernized for today’s cooks, is recreated here, together with some of the more sophisticated dishes which Jane and her characters would have enjoyed at balls, picnics, and supper parties. A fascinating introduction describes Jane’s own interest in food, drawing upon both the novels and her letters, and explains the social conventions of shopping, eating, and entertaining in late Georgian and Regency England. The book is illustrated throughout with delightful contemporary line drawings, prints, and watercolours. (book description)
Famous Authors - Jane Austen (1996) DVD - “Drawing on old maps, contemporary drawings and paintings, portraits and other archive material, the excellent Famous Authors series presents a factual outline of the writers’ lives, but also conveys a clear visual picture of the social and historical background to their writing.” Recommended for all ages.
LINKS FOR LEARNING : JANE AUSTEN
The Jane Austin Centre - a new permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing.
Jane Austin Society of North America - dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.
Jane Austen's House Museum - The house at Chawton is where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life and the place where she did the majority of her mature writing.
Jane Austen Biography -
Jane Austen Biography, BBC -
Jane Austen's Hampshire - The historic and beautiful county of Hampshire in the south of England is where Jane Austen, one of the world's best loved authors, spent most of her life. She wrote her famous works drawing on a large circle of friends, social gatherings and places around Hampshire that she visited to devise the characters and settings for her novels.