My all time favourite biographies:

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.

3 responses to “Bibliography

  1. Paul Quilty

    Hi Shaunagh,

    It seems there was no limit to what Ms Austen could do. From the New York Times: ‘Game Theory: Jane Austen Had It First’



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