It takes a lot of research to complete a project of this scope. I thought it would be fun to stack most of my research books…and they added up to be taller than me!


I didn’t just use books in my research, however. I got to watch amazingly wonderful movies based on Jane’s novels…over and over again! Here are some of them.

And of course, what you see in these photos doesn’t capture the entire scope of research I conducted. There were internet sites galore and magazines and even more books than what’s shown here that I had to return to my local university’s fantastic library collection on Jane.

You’ll find a Selected Bibliography in my book Jane Austen for Kids, but here are even more tomes I referred to along my journey. You might like to look into some of these pages if you’re doing research of your own!


Apperson, G. L. A Jane Austen Dictionary. Great Britain: Cecil Palmer, 1932.

Austen, Jane. Two Chapters of Persuasion: Printed from Jane Austen’s Autograph. New York/London: Oxford University Press, 1926.

Austen, Jane. Fragment of a Novel written by Jane Austen January-March 1817. New York/London: Oxford University Press, 1925.

Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902.

Austen-Leigh, Emma. Jane Austen and Bath. London: Spottswoode, Ballantyne and Co, 1939.

Austen-Leigh, Mary Augusta. Personal Aspects of Jane Austen. London: John Murray 1920.

Austen-Leigh, J. E. Memoir of Jane Austen. London: Oxford University Press, 1951.

Austen-Leigh, J. E. A Memoir of Jane Austen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Austen-Leigh, J. E. The Watsons. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1923.

Batey, Mavis. Jane Austen and the English Landscape. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1996.

Cecil, Lord David. Jane Austen: The Leslie Stephen Lecture Delivered Before the University of Cambridge on 1 May 1935. Great Britain: Cambridge at the University Press, 1935.

Chapman, R. W. Jane Austen’s Letters to her Sister Cassandra and Others. New York/London: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Chapman, R. W. Jane Austen’s Letters to her Sister Cassandra and Others. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Dean-Smith, Margaret. Playford’s English Dancing Master 1651. London: Schott & Co, 1957.

Feuillet, Raoul Auger. For the Further Improvement of Dancing 1710. London: Gregg International Publishers, 1970.

Gillie, Christopher. A Preface to Jane Austen. New York: Longman, 1984.

Heffer, Marjorie and W. S. Porter. Maggot Pie: A Book of New Country Dances. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, 1932.

Helm, W. H. Jane Austen and her Country-House Comedy. London: Eveleigh Nash, Fawside House, 1909.

Hughes-Hallett, Penelope. The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1990.

Johnson, R. Brimley. Jane Austen: Her Life, Her work, Her Family, and Her Critics. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co, Inc., 1930.

Johnson, R. Brimley. The Letters of Jane Austen. New York: Dial Press, 1926.

Koppel, Gene. The Religious Dimension of Jane Austen’s Novels. Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press, 1988.

Le Faye, Deirdre. The British Library Writers’ Lives: Jane Austen. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Le Faye, Deirdre. Jane Austen’s The History of England. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1993.

Le Faye, Deirdre. Jane Austen: A Family Record. London: British Library, 1989.

McConachie, Jack. Scottish Country Dances of the Eighteenth Century. London: The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Incorporated, 1963.

Mitton, G. E. Jane Austen and her Times. London: Methuen & Co, 1912.?

Porter, W. S., M. Heffer, and A. B. Heffer. The Apted Book of Country Dances. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, 1951.

Roberts, Warren. Jane Austen and the French Revolution. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979.

Rhydderch, David. Jane Austen: Her Life and Art. London: Jonathan Cape, 1932.

Sharp, Cecil J. The Country Dance Book: Part 1. London: Novellow and Company, 1909.

Wallace, Robert K. Jane Austen and Mozart. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1983.