Jenkin, Elizabeth. Jane Austen. New York, USA: Pellegrini and Cudahy, 1949.
Listen to this statement:
“those who, at twenty three, have never been guilty of an unfeeling remark about a stranger, do quite right to be very severe upon it”.
It almost sounds like Austen with her beautiful ironic wit. Jenkin was discussing the criticism some make of Austen from a few remarks made in her letters that appear of the bad taste variety. Suffice to say Jenkin is a delight to read.
Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen A Life. London, UK : Viking, 1997.
By far the biography I found the most readable, informative and full of little delightful pieces of information. I can only thank Claire Tomalin for her research and dedication. I found reading her a joy.
Other biographies used:
Austen Leigh, J.E., A Memoir of Jane Austen by her nephew. London, UK: 1870.
Cecil, David. A Portrait of Jane Austen. London, UK: Constable London in association with Hitchinson Australia, 1978.
Grosvenor Myer, Valerie. Jane Austen Obstinate Heart. New York, USA: Arcade Publishing 1997.
Nokes, David. Jane Austen A Life. London, UK : Fourth Estate, 1997.
Spence, Jon. Becoming Jane Austen A Life. London, UK: hambledon continuum, 2003.
Jane Austen’s letters:
And of course there is only one definitive version,
Le Faye, Diedre (ed). Jane Austen’s Letters, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1995.