According to Jane Austen, “the person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel is intolerably stupid.” Today is Jane Austen’s 238th birthday, and to celebrate this wonderful writer, we thought it would be fun to share some of the books that the Scribd Editorial staff finds pleasurable—specifically those by or inspired by Jane Austen herself!
Let’s start with the classics—Austen’s classics, that is. Sure, you may have read Pride and Prejudice once, or twice (or ten times) before, but somehow the “meant-to-be” love story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet never gets old. Once you’re ready to move on, Emma will be ready and waiting to teach you that when it comes to love, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. If you’re interested in reading something “new,” try Persuasion—Austen’s final, and perhaps most satirical novel.
Do you find that no matter how much Austen you read, you’re always wanting just a bit more? You’re not alone—after more than 200 years, Austen still lives on in the imaginations of contemporary authors. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen re-examines the novelist’s life with the speculation of a lost journal, uncovered after hundreds of years, revealing a secret love affair. In All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long journey with Jane Austen, Amy Smith takes an exhilarating adventure around South America, a suitcase of Jane Austen novels in tow.
Dancing With Mr. Darcy presents the winning entries from the Jane Austen Short Story Competition. Selected by bestselling author Sarah Waters, the collection brims with charm and wit, and includes an introduction from Jane’s great-great-great-great-great niece. Marrying literary history with the paranormal, Jane and the Damned positions Jane among “exquisitely seductive” vampires.
If you don’t have enough time to invest in a novel, The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen might be just enough for you to get your fix. This anthology is full of Austen’s best witticisms and a must for anyone interested in Jane Austen’s writing or the Victorian Era in general.
Is your head exploding with all the amazing Austenian reading material? Good! As far as we’re concerned, the best way to honor the life of such an incredible literary figure is through reading. Happy birthday Jane!