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I think you'll find that the Conklin title -- The Making of Pride and Prejudice -- is actually very informative as to the process involved in bringing a book to the screen.


I have been wanting to immerse myself in the works of Jane Austen ever since I found out that NPT will be showing the new BBC productions based on all the novels early next year. I still have not read Mansfield Park and only read the others once. That was over 15 years ago so it probably will be like reading them for the first time. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice for a 9th grade book report and it was disasterous because I thought she was the most boring writer on earth back then (and God help me I even wrote that in the report)! There are some books that it is possible to try to read too early I think hers fit that group. I think that at our library there is a Jane Austen book called Catharine and other writings which features a lot of stuff she wrote as a teenager (as well as letters and prayers she wrote), but I'm not not sure if it's the complete collection of her early stuff. Hope that helps some.

Lyn Baines

There was a Penguin Classic published about 20 years ago called The Juvenilia of JA & Charlotte Bronte which is pretty complete. Of course, it's OP but here's the ISBN, 0140432671, you may be able to pick it up second hand. Good luck!


Oh what fun! I am looking forward to following your reading. It's been a long time since I've read all of her work. You're making me want to do it again!


Jill--This is how shallow I am--I've only looked at the photos!! This gives me a good excuse to read it. I'm glad to hear it is informative as well as a pleasure to look at.
Sam--As much as I envy people who can say they discovered Jane Austen or the Brontes in their early teens and loved them, I am actually glad I am reading them now. I really think (and thinking only of myself and what I was like at that age) I would not have appreciated a lot of books that I absoutely love now!! I have also heard of the many adaptations that are coming, and that is another little impetus for me to get going on this. Plus I am just really getting into a Jane Austen mood! Thanks for the heads up on the book--I will definitely be looking in the library as one source for her other works! I'd love to have some of her letters, too!
Lyn--Thanks very much. I did see that book listed on Amazon--as you say--out of print. I hestitated on it since it was a combo of Austen & Bronte, but now that I see it is recommended I will try and get my hands on it. If nothing else...good old ILL--to which I am fast becoming addicted.
Stefanie--I've been wanting to read (and reread) all of Austen's work as one body. I've never tackled all of an author's novels in one group before. Jane will be perfect as there is really not too much of it to be overwhelmed, yet just enough to get a good taste and see how she develops. Plus there is so many other books about her to supplement my reading!


I read 2 of hers in my teens (P&P and S&S), and did not care for them. I've been considering rereading them and checking out the rest, and will follow your progress with interest, as I'm still trying to figure out what all the fuss is about.

Dorothy W.

This sounds great! I haven't come across a good collection of all the juvenilia, except in expensive editions, but I bet you could find all of it in smaller, cheaper collections. I'd like to check out the Tomalin and La Faye books -- they sound very interesting. There's also Janet Todd's book Jane Austen in Context, which is quite good (the book I posted on a ton a month or so ago). Austen actually wrote drafts of S&S and P&P before NA, but I think starting with NA is still best, as that one feels like an earlier work -- it's closer to the juvenilia in tone.


Oh, what an enjoyable project! I read them all one summer many years ago (except for her juvenilia, which I didn't know about at that time), and loved them. I think it helped to read them all together and chronologically, because you slip into her world and the cadence of her writing and never want to leave. Enjoy!


I just started NA last night...I read it once in college next to Frankenstein, but I remember so little about it. I'm looking forward to your Austen project! By the way, per your recommendation I picked up Broken English yesterday and can't wait to put it in!


Don't forget Jon Spence's books 'Becoming Jane' and umm 'one about the wills of the Austen family' (goodness I must improve my memory).


I love all your matching copies of the novels. Mine are all a hodgepodge. I own the Tomalin and the Le Faye. I've had my eye on the "Making of" book for of these days it'll make it into my Amazon cart. Oh, I ordered the book 'Reading Women' that you featured here a bit ago - I can't wait to receive it!

Sam Houston

What a neat personal challenge to take on, Danielle. I think that I've read them all but it's been so long for some of them that I would find it difficult to discuss them with anyone who has read them recently.

It makes me wonder if I should go back and revisit some of the classics that I haven't picked up in years...just what I need. :-)


Yay Jane Austen. :) I'm all for people reading all of her books. :) I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy them.

Some other supplementary reading that you may enjoy - Jane Austen by Carol Shields and The Jane Austen Miscellany by Lesley Bolton.

Ellie Robins

Hi Danielle -- thanks for the mention there for Hesperus. Has anyone else seen that the latest book to be sent by Yann Martel to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was 'The Watsons' by Jane Austen. His lovely accompanying letter is on the site at:

Ellie, Hesperus Press


Isabella--I'm looking forward to reading them as a group and seeing how her writing progresses. I really loved both Pride and Prejudice as well as Persuasion. She turns a mean sentence!
Dorothy--I knew that she did revisions on works, and so was confused where to start. NA should be a good starting place, since I'll have just finished the Radcliffe book. I will have to look for that book of essays you wrote about, too! I saw that expensive collection of her juvenilia. I'm surprised there is not something cheaper in print, but maybe I can borrow the pricier one--will have to check if my library has it.
Robin--I have been in an Austen mood, so the timing should be good. PBS is supposed to be airing film adaptations of all the novels and several will benew!
Courtney--I look forward to hearing about NA! I hope you liked Broken English--you'll have to tell me what you thought of it!
Jodie--I have Becoming Jane on my wishlist! I'm not familiar with the book on the family wills--will have to investigate that one a bit.
Tara--I used to have all mass market copies, but then I started buying all the ML editions--now I have them all! Which reading women book did I mention--now I am drawing a blank. I'll have to see your book when it comes in (that's what happens on a Monday night!!).
Sam--I have not done a lot of rereading as so many of the classics I seem to be just reading for the first time. I do like rereading though. I reread Jane Eyre this year and liked it even more the second time around!
Court--I think I will enjoy them immensely! Thanks for the book ideas--I will add the titles to my list of books to look for!
Ellie--Thanks for that link. What a wild idea! I had no idea about this. Just think one of your books is in the Canadian Prime Minister's library!! I have several Hesperus titles on my TBR stack--I really need to get to them!! So glad you've published Austen's shorter works by the way!

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