More than two centuries ago, Jane Austen was born in England, who is without a doubt one of the best writers that history has ever had.

An absolute genius who in his works shows the world of the rural nobility of England in the Victorian era. A reality that Jane experienced firsthand.

Her great wit, ironic style, coupled with creating highly engaging and entertaining stories and plots, made her a constant name in bookstores around the world.

From his first book published in 1811, Sense and Sensibility, to his last, they have been part of the libraries of millions of people. A popularity that has made his stories frequently adapted to theater, television and cinema.

Died with just 41 years of age on July 18, 1817, Jane Austen left behind a great legacy to world literature.

If you are a big fan of the author or are just starting to get to know her, discover with us the 8 best books written by Jane Austen.

Pride and prejudice

  • Number of pages: 448
  • ISBM: 978-8491051329
  • Edition year: 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet live in Longbourn Hertfordshire. Mr. Bennet is a man of incredible wit and wisdom, while the lady lives with perpetual concern for the future of her daughters.

The Bennets are proud to have five daughters, Jane, Elizabeth, Lydia, Kitty and Mary, and our particular story will focus on the eldest Jane and Lizzy.

The plot will really begin when the wealthy young Mr. Charles Bingley enters the scene, together with his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy.

With the firm intention of Mrs. Bennet to marry off one of her daughters, the five sisters will be sent to a society ball where they will be introduced to Mr. Bingley.

He will fall in love with the older sister Jane. At this point, one would think that the story would revolve around these two characters, but the plot actually centers on Mr. Bingley’s young friend, Darcy, and second eldest daughter Elizabeth.

A true masterpiece full of love, friendship, social position and the pride of one coupled with the prejudices of another, which will hinder love until it is almost too late.

Jane Austen’s best work and the author’s favourite. If you have not yet seen her adaptation to the cinema, you are in luck, it is highly recommended to read the book first and then watch the movie if you want.

Lesley’s Castle

  • Number of pages: 104
  • ISBM: 978-1544289458
  • Edition year: 2017

Lesley’s Castle is a collection of ten stories written by the author when she was between the ages of 12 and 18, with some that can be considered unfinished and others more developed.

The stories included in this book are not very extensive, the longest has only 27 pages and the shortest with only one. They are like essays of ideas and the first annotations of future works of the author.

The stories you will find in this book are:

  • Frederick and Elfrida;
  • Jack and Alice;
  • Henry and Eliza;
  • Mr. Harley;
  • Sir William Montague;
  • Amelia Webster;
  • The visit;
  • The three sisters;
  • England history;
  • And Lesley’s Castle.

All written with the ironic and funny prose, personal brand of the author. As a curiosity, none of the stories that make up this book saw the light of day while Jane was alive, it took more than a century, specifically in 1922, for them to be published.

As a particular recommendation for reading this book, if you have not read anything by Jane Austen, it is better that you first read Pride and Prejudice or one of the other works that we present in this selection, before continuing with this reading.

Emma

  • Number of pages: 512
  • ISBM: 978-8491050582
  • Edition year: 2015

Emma Woodhouse is a smart, active and industrious young woman who spends her days planning how to get her friends to mate after the successful wedding of her governess, friend and confidante and one of her neighbors.

After her friend got married, Emma is left alone with her thoughts and the way to fill the void in her days is to manipulate and channel her friends’ feelings so that they get married and lead a perfect life.

But the game gets out of hand to the point of creating a complicated network of lies, tangles and confusion, leading to unforeseen situations and most of the time very funny.

When we talk about romantic literature , there is no other that knows how to do it better than Jane Austen, and with Emma the irony, the wonderful sense of humor and the great ability that the author had to create arguments that catch you will be reflected once again. from beginning to end.

Although you may not fall in love like Elizabeth Bennet or Fanny Price, Emma Woodhouse has a very particular personality of her own that ends up liking her, even if neither you nor she know what she’s really thinking.

Love and friendship

  • Number of pages: 216
  • ISBM: 978-1483935768
  • Edition year: 2013

It is a complete selection of several stories written by the author when she was young, full of the type of narrative that characterizes Jane and one of the reasons why she has captivated so many people with her works.

It seems that we repeat ourselves a lot when it comes to reviewing the books in this selection, but it would be a sin not to highlight the enormous genius of Jane with her romantic satire.

Thus, this collection of stories is full of irony, wit, a very well set construction of 19th century Victorian society and the occasional ruthless social commentary.

Jane was an author with an excellent command of the English language and a boundless imagination.

So wonderful and profound that within its pages you will often find yourself crying, laughing out loud, with an almost permanent smile on your lips or frowning at the thought of what will happen at the end of the story.

Good sense and feeling

  • Number of pages: 328
  • ISBM: 978-9500397254
  • Edition year: 2012

Despite Mr. Dashwood’s efforts to ensure a good future for his wife and daughters, he is sadly unsuccessful.

After his death, the heir ended up being his eldest son, who he had with another woman, who, in addition to keeping the entire inheritance, also obtained the property where they lived.

Although he allows his father’s widow and their three daughters, Elinor, Marianne, and the younger Margaret , to stay on the property, they decide to leave soon after, feeling unloved.

Some relatives take them in at Barton Cottage, where they will have to learn to live without the comforts of the past. This is where we will see the development of the story of the two protagonists, Elinor and Marianne, and their experiences with love.

Both sisters are very different, on the one hand Marianne is the most similar to the mother of the two, she lets herself be carried away by her emotions and feelings without thinking too much about the consequences.

While Elinor is more calculating – in a pros and cons sense, not manipulative – and logical in her decisions, she is not easily swayed by passion.

Differences that will allow us to see how, in similar situations, very different conclusions are reached.

In addition to the sisters, Sense and Feeling is full of excellent characters who have their importance to the story.

A very easy book to read with a story that captivates you. Beware because it could easily become your favorite Jane Austen book.

The Watsons

  • Number of pages: 128
  • ISBM: 978-8415564188
  • Edition year: 2012

Emma Watson is a young English woman who returns to her father’s home after having lived the last 14 years of her life with her uncles.

A return that makes her meet again with her sisters whom she hadn’t seen for years. Along with this return home, Emma’s first public appearance in society is added, at a dance to which the family had been invited.

Since Emma’s father is a widower and ill, someone from the family has to stay behind to take care of him. Elizabeth, the older sister, takes responsibility and decides to stay with him.

From here we see how the relationship between Emma and the rest of the family members develops, especially with her sister Elizabeth.

As a curious fact, this is one of the few books that the author has left unfinished . In fact, we know the end of it thanks to her sister Cassandra, who told how Jane planned to end the story.

Persuasion

  • Number of pages: 296
  • ISBM: 978-8484505501
  • Edition year: 2014

The last book written by Jane Austen and, therefore, her most “adult ” work. Anne Elliot lives with her father, a vain gentleman with airs of grandeur, and her older sister.

Due to the arrogance of their relatives in trying to live beyond their means, they are left broke and forced to move to a smaller place.

Since her father and sister are unable to do anything, Anne will be in charge of making the family’s new lifestyle work. But it just so happens that the house they rented belongs to the family of an old flame of Anne’s, Captain Frederick Wentworth .

When she and Frederick were very young, they were deeply in love, but Anne turned down his marriage proposal because her mentor and father disapproved of their union, Frederick being a man of few means and inferior social standing.

But now Frederick is a rich man and it will be his turn to be cold and distant with Anne. But love is hard to forget and the old feelings will surface again, little by little.

A novel that never gets old, and despite the fact that society and times were different, many of the moments that occur in the book can be compared to some of our days.

Mansfield Park

  • Number of pages: 568
  • ISBM: 978-8484505082
  • Edition year: 2008

Fanny Price is a little girl who, due to her family’s terrible situation, is taken in by her uncle and aunt and goes to live with them.

There you will experience a kind of Cinderella life . Her aunts treat her like little more than a slave and her cousins ​​pick on her constantly. The only one who shows her some appreciation and affection is her cousin, Edmund Bertram.

This is how the years will pass until Fanny becomes an adult. The story takes a plot twist when the Grants arrive to take care of the parsonage.

From that moment on, Mansfield Park will be a hotbed of mixed feelings that will not leave anyone indifferent.

Being a work written in the author’s last creative stage, Mansfield Park is more complex than Jane’s previous books, and where she delves much deeper into the psychology of the characters.

Being probably Jane’s densest book, it is advisable to read it after having gone through other works by the British author.

As a final recommendation, despite the fact that publishers have great translations, the only way to fully enjoy Jane’s works is if they are read in her native language, English.