When you major in English in college, it’s inevitable that you will be invited to tea with Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Many English majors can boast that they have read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Northanger Abbey, before they have received that coveted degree in English literature.
I loved reading Jane Austen’s novels in college. And in high school for that matter. My favorite would have to be Mansfield Park, though Emma is a close second.
In graduate school, I even went so far as to take a seminar that required me to read all of Jane Austen’s novels, in addition to one of her lesser known works, Catharine and Other Writings.
My shelves are also littered with Jane Austen biographies and Jane Austen-inspired texts.
Jane Austen Ruined My Life, for example.
I haven’t read any other books by this author, but she wrote this other one as well:
I don’t know anything about this book, but the cover is interesting:
I recently found a used copy of this one by P.D. James and am excited to read it:
The first time I studied in England, I took the train from London to Bath to explore some of Jane Austen country. It was there that the stories became even more alive—I could sit with my scones and clotted cream and my tea, and re-read my favorite passages from Austen’s books.
What are some of your experiences with Jane? Your favorite book by her? Are there any Jane Austen spinoffs that you think are a must-read for any Jane Austen fan?