Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Romantic novelist Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) achieved success in her lifetime with the publication of “Sense and Sensibility” in 1811, followed by four additional novels. And her continued popularity after two-hundred years is nothing short of phenomenal, with adaptations of nearly every kind continuing to spring up. Did you know that the 1999 “Clueless” movie and subsequent TV series is an updated “Emma,” modernized and placed in Beverly Hills?

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Jane Austen5 stars

"Her [Jane Austen's] timeless works - numbering just six complete novels have been turned into a plethora of motion pictures, spin-offs and modern retellings at an almost regular pace, and translated into multiple languages surpassing cultural boundaries in the process. These six works have gone to become something of a model formula for the romance stories we see today." There is lots to enjoy at this Austen fan site, so be sure to check out these top pages: the Jane Austen biography, the timeline of her life, Regency Period fashions, and Authors Like Jane.

Jane Austen Society of North America5 stars

With over 4,500 members and 70 regional groups, the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) caters to Austen fans of all ages. Visit their website for a brief biography, a chronology of her works, maps of her novels, and pictures. "The only authenticated picture of Jane Austen is a small pencil and watercolor sketch made by her sister, Cassandra, which is displayed in low light and protected by a cover in the National Portrait Gallery in London." Click through to the museum site to view it.

PBS Masterpiece: Jane Austen5 stars

Five of Austen's "most beloved and timeless stories" have been turned into PBS Masterpiece specials: Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility. Click on the titles in the right-hand column to watch short clips from the movies, and then scroll down the page to a listing of the rest of the content. Best clicks include Bachelors of Highbury Quiz, Men of Austen, the Jane Austen biography, and Selected Resources which includes both websites and books.

Project Gutenberg: Jane Austen5 stars

Because all of Austen's novels are in the pubic domain, you can download, read, or listen to them for free from this Project Gutenberg page. Available formats include Kindle, PDF, ePub, MP3 audio, HTML and plain text. This index page lists her works by popularity, with Pride and Prejudice topping the list, which opens, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

The Republic of Pemberley5 stars

"We are The Truly Obsessed here and have been known to talk for weeks about Jane Austen's spelling quirks and Mr. Darcy's coat ('No, no - the green one.') If this sounds like just your cup of tea, 'Read on!'" To join the rest of the fanatics, you can jump into the conversation on the discussion boards (one for each of Austen's novels) or saunter over to the Jane Austen Information Page for a Table of Contents guide to the rest of the site.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Jane Austen Centre

Pia Frauss Fonts: Jane Austen

Victorian Web: Jane Austen

Write Like Jane Austen

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Feldman, Barbara. "Jane Austen." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 29 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/jane-austen/ >.

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