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Fable Reading Guide for Jane Austen

Jane Austen Books and quotes

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison” - Jane Austen, Persuasion. 

Jane Austen’s timeless prose has comforted readers since her first publication in the 19th century. Her unique ability to confront gender and class issues with humor and romance is unmatched.  The Fable community loves Austen's work, and you can join book clubs to read all of her books. Start with this free club...
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What books did Jane Austen write?

You can read all of Jane Austen's novels for free on Fable. We've collected the complete list below. You can also start your own book club with her free ebooks. Need help? Read our "How To Start a Book Club on Fable" post.
Persuasion by Jane Austen digital book - Fable

Persuasion

By Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen digital book - Fable

Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen digital book - Fable

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen digital book - Fable

Emma

By Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen digital book - Fable

Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

What illness did Jane Austen suffer from?

While biographers know that Austen was suffering from an illness, Cassandra Austen’s destruction of the letters detailing the severity of her disease makes it impossible to see the truth. However, recent discoveries indicate that Austen suffered from other health problems. As the journal of "Medical Humanities" explains:

"A medical history reveals that she was particularly susceptible to infection, and suffered unusually severe infective illnesses, as well as a chronic conjunctivitis that impeded her ability to write."

Some researchers think that Austen may have already suffered from lymphoma early in her career when "Pride and Prejudice" was published.

What is Jane Austen’s most popular book?

Without a doubt, "Pride and Prejudice" is Jane Austen’s most famous novel. It has sold over 20 million copies since its publication in 1813! Watch this Crash Course video about the novel:

"John Green talks about Pride and Prejudice as a product of Regency England, gives you a short biographical look at author Jane Austen, and familiarizes you with the web of human connections this book spins."

Did Jane Austen ever marry?

Jane Austen never married. However, she did accept a proposal when she was 27 years old from Harris Bigg-Wither but broke it off the next day! The reason for her decision is unknown, but many speculate that she was unwilling to sacrifice love for marriage. She famously wrote, “happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”

Why is Jane Austen still so popular?

Jane Austen’s ability to remain relatable after 200 years demonstrates her powerful yet refreshing articulation of love. Her relationships are vulnerable and authentic but framed within a strong feminist narrative. 

Jane Austen Quotes

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”Jane Austen, Persuasion

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.”Jane Austen, Persuasion

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”Jane Austen, Emma

“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice

Is Jane Austen a feminist?

Jane Austen is arguably one of the founding literary feminists. Yes, her stories are mainly about love, but they also expose how problematic it is that women cannot navigate the patriarchal world without the protection of a gentleman. She blends these radical ideas with humor and romance for commercial consumption but never shies away from reminding readers of the cruel submission of women.

Keep reading on Fable.

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