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Jane Austen’s Life, World, and Works

Online Biography
  • Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links
Books about Jane Austen’s Life and Times

Life and Works

  • A. S. Byatt and Ignês Sodré: Imagining Characters: Six Conversations About Women Writers: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Willa Cather, Iris Murdoch, and Toni Morrison (1995)
  • Claire Tomalin: Jane Austen: A Life (1997)
  • Carol Shields: Jane Austen (2001)
  • Robert Rodi: Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen from the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps (2012)
  • Paula Byrne: The real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things (2013)

19th Century England

  • Daniel Pool: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England (1993)
  • Margaret C. Sullivan: The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England (2011)
  • Roy Adkins: Jane Austen’s England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods (2013)

Jane Austen’s England

  • Katharine Reeve: Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer’s City (2006)
  • Terry Townsend: Jane Austen’s Hampshire (2014)

House and Home

  • Kim Wilson
    • Tea with Jane Austen (2004)
    • In the Garden with Jane Austen (2008)
  • Pen Vogler:
    • Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels of Jane Austen (2013)
    • Tea with Jane Austen: Recipes Inspired by Her Novels and Letters (2016)





Jane Austen’s World
Chawton: Jane Austen’s Home

The dining room, with Jane’s writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.

Jane’s bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).

Right: A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing
in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra (left).

A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother,
and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.



Left: the Austen family’s first home in Sydney Place (recently converted into furnished short-stay apartments); right: near Jane Austen Centre.

Jane Austen Centre: Cassandra Austen’s portrait of her sister, and Jane depicted writing near a window (in the foreground, her writing paraphernalia).

The Assembly Rooms: focal point of Regency Bath society

Assembly Rooms: historic fashion exhibit (Regency dress and accessories)

The Circus and the Royal Crescent — in Austen’s time, part of the parade ground of Bath’s genteel society.


Lyme Regis


The dreaded steps …

The Cobb … which of course not only plays a pivotal role in Jane Austen’s Persuasion but also in John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman.



Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried

Austen’s tomb and memorial plate

[More extensive pages still WIP:

  • Jane Austen’s World: Chawton
  • Jane Austen’s World: Family and Home
  • Jane Austen’s World: Portsmouth
  • Jane Austen’s World: Lyme Regis
  • Jane Austen’s World: Bath]






Jane Austen’s Works



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