Austen Links

Jane Austen websitesJane – The official site of the Jane Austen Society of North America, “dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.” Information about regional JASNA chapters, annual general meetings, Austen on film, and more. Access to all issues of the scholarly journal Persuasions On-Line.

Jane Austen Addict  “diversions for Jane Austen fans who dearly love a laugh.” – “Molland’s is a community and resource site for Jane Austen fans.” It provides access to online texts of Austen’s novels as well as books and articles about Austen and her work. Find books long out of copyright and probably out of print as well. – The Republic of Pemberley is (of course) big and rich, with e-texts of the novels, discussion boards, shopping links, lists of sequels and take-offs on all JA’s novels, and much more. – Chawton House Library. “Concentrating on education and heritage, the charity holds a unique collection of early women’s writing circa 1600–1830. We offer readers the chance to research and engage with a wealth of texts in the inspiring setting of Chawton House, where the historic location and rural tranquillity contextualise and complement the material.” Among other treats, there’s a shop that offers titles as diverse as (the infamous) Fordyce’s Sermons and Old Working Dogs.

More spots for scholarly studies:

Wikipedia has a good overview of the history of her work’s critical reception: http://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/Reception_history_of_Jane_Austen – Take a virtual tour of the house where she lived the last eight years of her life and wrote or revised all her novels. There’s even a linked site celebrating the bicentennial of Pride and Prejudice: – The site of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England – commercial but fun.

Many companies offer Austen-themed tours – for example,, which concentrates on places associated with the historical Jane, and, which is mostly Pride and Prejudice film locations, with some Downton Abbey for good measure. – Download and listen to modern performances of music from Jane Austen’s time. – The home page is currently devoted to Downton Abbey but lots of other resources on the site.  – UK Jane Austen Society – JASA – Jane Austen Society of Australia

Here is commenting on the latest “discovery” of the greatness of Jane, acknowledging that great literature can be great without vindication by 21st century science!