During her lifetime, Jane Austen published four books that readers today still read and love.
One of Austen’s most famous novels, Sense & Sensibility, was published in 1811. The first of her published works, Sense & Sensibility showcased the Dashwood sisters' loves and losses. This famous novel has not only been the inspiration for modern stories like Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh, but it has had several film adaptations as well.
In her 1814 novel, Mansfield Park, Jane Austen introduces you to the impoverished yet spunky Fanny Price. Misunderstanding and doomed love affairs lead to an interesting romantic web for Edmund Bertram and the Crawford siblings. The timelessness of Austen’s writing, along with the unique tales she weaves, has carried this book into the modern century.
Jane Austen was a prolific writer. While she saw the success of four of her works, two were published after her death: Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Her final work, Sanditon, was never completed, and The Watsons was abandoned. Explore these unique works of fiction.
Dive into the love and loss of Anne Elliot in the novel Persuasion. Through a bit of bad advice, Anne pines away for a man who can never forget her cruel rejection. Published in 1817, this classic love story shows you the pain of a waiting heart.
Sanditon was the last of Jane Austen’s novels to be written, and Austen herself never finished it past chapter 11. It follows the story of Charlotte Heywood and her relationship with Sidney Parker. However, even with its unfinished form, the work has been adapted to film and miniseries.
Written around 1803, Austen abandoned the story The Watsons. A rough novel, the story doesn’t have clear divisions but follows the heroine, Emma, who lives with a wealthy aunt.
In addition to her published novels, Austen wrote a collection of stories in her youth. Explore the coming of age writing journey of this enigmatic author.
Written by a teen Austen, Volume the First contains all of Austen's beginning stories and playlets. It includes distinction writings like Ode to Pity, The Mystery, and Detached Pieces. She also wrote the following amusing tales to entertain her family.
- Frederic & Elfrida - a comedic short story of two cousins destined to marry
- Jack and Alice - a short 11-chapter humorous love story
- Edgar & Emma - a piece following the witty Emma and her hesitant hero Edgar
- Henry and Eliza - a short novel dedicated to Austen’s brother and future love
- Adventures of Mr. Harley - a short flash fiction for midshipmen
- Sir William Montague - an overview of the character William Montague
- Memories of Mr. Clifford - a short unfinished story about Mr. Clifford
- The Beautiful Cassandra - a 12-chapter work with three characters
- Amelia Webster - a short story written in epistolary form
- The Visit - a two-act comedy story
- The Three Sisters - a piece exploring the social realities of marriage for three sisters
In addition to having three stories, Volume the Second featured snippets of letters Jane Austen wrote. The three stories include:
- Love and Friendship - a romantic parody including turns of fortune for main character Marianne
- Lesley Castle - an amusing comedy story developed through correspondence between young friends
- The History of England - an illustrated story with watercolors by Jane Austen's sister
The final volume of Austen’s juvenile writings is Volume the Third. Written when she was 16, this volume includes only two stories.
- Catharine - (also called Kitty or the Bower) - a short story of an orphaned heroine raised by her aunt
- Evelyn - an amusing and ridiculous story written about a place called Evelyn
While more than 200 years have passed since her death, Jane Austen’s works remain popular and are reproduced in dozens of different versions. The humor and timelessness of her writing continues to wow readers young and old. Enjoy more classic novels by exploring 50 classic books for teens.