Organizations and Societies
The Jane Austen Society of North America "brings scholars and enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals together on equal terms to study and celebrate the genius of Jane Austen." In additon to their literary journal, Persuasions, and their annual conferences, there are numerous regional groups that hold meetings. A printable membership form is available online.
This society was founded in 1940 with the "purpose of raising funds to preserve the Cottage in the village of Chawton". It administers the Memorial Trust --which owns and maintains Austen's house at Chawton. A printable membership form is available online.
JASA has a full calendar of events including the Annual Conference and publishes a twice yearly journal called Sensibilities. A printable membership form is available online.
~ Biographies ~
Park Honan. Jane Austen: Her Life. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.) -- Long considered to be the definitive biography on Jane Austen.
David Nokes. Jane Austen: A Life. (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997.) -- This particular biography distinguishes itself from the others by beginning with a chapter entitled "Family Secrets" which discusses the life history of Jane Austen's flamboyant cousin Eliza Hancock.
Claire Tomalin. Jane Austen: A Life. (New York: Knopf, 1997.) -- Tomalin focuses on each of Austen's novels in turn, suggesting possible autobiographical connections.
~ Jane Austen's 'World' ~
Oliver MacDonagh. Jane Austen: Real and Imagined Worlds. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.) -- Looks at a quarter century of English history (1792-1817) through Jane Austen's novels.
Nigel Nicholson. The World of Jane Austen. (London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1991.) -- An excellent photographic collection that includes pictures of her family's homes and other buildings that would have been familiar to her.
~ The Regency Period ~
Daniel Pool. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. (Touchstone Books, 1994.) -- A collection of interesting facts that serve to better illuminate historical details in Jane Austen's novels.
A good companion to this book is Kristine Hughes' The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England: From 1811-1901. (Cincinnati, Oh.: Writer's Digest Books, 1998.)
~ Other Bibliographies On the Web ~
A collection of Jane Austen related books reviewed by posters to the RoP.
Barbara's voluminous page also on the Republic of Pemberley.
Baltimore's Goucher College has an extensive Jane Austen collection
that may be visited by appointment.
Located on Gay Street in Bath, the Centre provides books and leaflets on Jane Austen's life and arranges walking tours of notable places in Bath.
Sponsored by the Bath Tourism Bureau, this site provides information on the city of Bath as Jane Austen knew it and even gives a route map for walking tours.
A comprensive site that details what to visit in in Jane Austen's hbome county, including Chawton and the 'Jane Austen House' and Winchester Cathedral.
Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in Chawton. It's a must-see site for every Janeite.
Includes information on how to visit some of the stately homes featured in recent Jane Austen movies and TV series. The National Trust maintains many other wonderful historical sites around the country.
This site is published by the historical society of the North Hampshire villages of North Waltham, Steventon, Ashe & Deane. It includes a virtual tour of Steventon Church, where Miss Austen's father, her brothers James and Henry, and her nephew William Knight were all rectors and where she was baptised and worshiped for the first 25 years of her life. The tour includes information on some family members and excerpts from her letters.
Very nice photographs of the main places of Jane Austen's life, including Chawton, Steventon, and Bath.