Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born, the sixth child in a family of seven, in Steventon, Hampshire. Never marrying she lived her life among her family, with an occasional visit to Bath, London and Lyme or to her brother's houses. Remaining politically aware her novels conveyed the social customs and practices of her age. Carol Shields, whose own novels have often been compared to those Jane Austen, says into her biography of the author 'we can find behind Austen's novels a steady, intelligent witness to a world that was rapidly reinventing itself.' (Shields, Carol, 2001, p.4)
The Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle was once asked whether he ever read novels. "Yes," he asserted, "all six, every year". TLS, editorial, July 21, 2017
Titles found in the Library
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Emma
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Mansfield Park
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Northanger Abbey.
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Persuasion
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Pride and prejudice
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Sandition
- Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Sense and sensibility
Criticism and Study
The Library has many resources that look at the life of Jane Austen and also offer criticism of her work.
The following book from the Biographic series contain 50 defining facts, dates, thoughts, habits and achievements of Jane Austen
- Sansom, Ian, 2017, 'On the mondey: re-reading the financially focused novels of Jane Austen', Times Literary Supplement, July 21, pp. 3-5.
Also an edited version of Walter de la Mare's review of Jane Austen by Francis Ware Cornish, published in the TLS of October 16, 1913.
Remember you will need your user name and password to log onto these databases:
- eLibrary - General author/title search
- ProQuest Literature - Specific Author search including biography and literary criticisms
- ProQuest Newsstand - Book Reviews, interview transcripts etc
- Hampshire: the spirital home of Jane Austen
- Jane Austen's House society
- Jane Austen Society UK
- Jane Austen Society of Australia
- Jane Austen - UK
- Jane Austen Society of North America
Online Study Notes
- Spark Notes Emma - Mansfield Park - Northanger Abbey - Persuasion - Pride and Prejudice - Sense and Sensibility
- Cliff Notes - Emma - Pride and Prejudice - Sense and Sensibility
The Wheeler Centre