The Complete List of Jane Austen Books

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If it’s one thing that can never have too much of, then it’s the love for Jane Austen books.

What follows is an up-to-date complete list of all Jane Austen books from 1813 to her last unfinished work Emma And Persuasion in 1816.

NameCategoryProduct
Pride and PrejudiceBest Overall
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and SensibilityBudget Pick
Sense and Sensibility
Northanger AbbeyUpgrade Pick

1. Pride and Prejudice

Our rating: 9 / 10


Pride and Prejudice

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Pros:

  • Lots of funny moments in this book
  • Jane Austen is exceptionally witty
  • Read this first to understand the rest of her books
  • This book paved the way for several contemporary romance writers
  • Comedy and romance novel in collaboration with the author.

Cons:

  • Title is misleading in that this is not an adventure
  • It may be too feminist for some people
  • The plot is not that unpredictable

Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennett as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England.

The novel satirizes the social classes of the Regency era, including the use of marriage for mercenary purposes. Elizabeth was written as the antithesis to the “insipid” heroines that existed during Austen’s time.

This is the first book in the series of Jane Austen novels, and it becomes a huge hit when it is published later on. With its witty language and satirical opinions, this book will never die out. It will always remain relevant.

2. Sense and Sensibility

Our rating: 8 / 10


Sense and Sensibility

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The most intelligent, sensitive, and rational of Jane Austen’s heroines, Elinor Dashwood (whose name means well-born, or of noble blood) is forced by her father’s untimely death to live with her imprudent stepmother. Upon her turning twenty-one, Elinor is allowed by Lady Middleton, her stepmother, to join her closest friend Lucy Steele on a visit to the Middleton estate, where she meets the handsome Colonel Brandon.

What follows is an entertaining and touching courtship between the eminently practical and all-reasoning Elinor Dashwood and the gallant and conservative Colonel Brandon. Throughout their courtship, Elinor must manage this new and complex relationship in addition to her mother and other siblings, some of whom are quite scandalous and in need of her care and protection.

With Sense and Sensibility, Austen continues to paint a comically flawed yet redeemable world. Elinor and Marianne may be the most complex characters Austen ever wrote about. They develop and change over the course of the novel, although in such a subtle way the reader may not notice at first. This is a quality of Austen’s writing that I had not previously appreciated.

3. Northanger Abbey

Our rating: 7 / 10

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Pros:

  • High quality paperback
  • Short Stories

Cons:

  • The Short Stories keep interrupting the flow of the story.

This is not only a hilarious satire, it is one of the best written examples of a Gothic novel. The entire book is an example of high comedy, even in the most Gothic scenes.

4. Mansfield Park

Our rating: 6 / 10


Mansfield Park

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Pros:

  • Brings out the best in Jane Austen’s writing
  • The story is a social commentary on slavery
  • It is based on actual American slavery
  • Great support for modern feminism.
  • It was not as well-received in its time as other Austen novels

5. Emma

Our rating: 6 / 10


Emma

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Pros:

  • Jane Austen's most mature work
  • Intriguing characters
  • Suspenseful
  • Great introduction to literature

Cons:

  • May be hard to read for beginners
  • Not a good beach read
  • Anne Elliot may be too frustrating for some

Emma is Jane Austen's final completed novel, even though it was published after Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. It was completely rewritten and rewritten again until she was satisfied. She had taken a historical romance and turned it into her own original work. The end result is a captivating novel with great characters and a wonderful story that Jane Austen should be very proud of.

6. Persuasion

Our rating: 5 / 10


Persuasion

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Pros:

  • Free online book (some restrictions apply)
  • Classic work of romantic literature
  • Well reviewed
  • Can be read in one sitting
  • Free eBooks (limited registration required)

Cons:

  • Old-school writing style
  • You must provide an email to access
  • Books not available for all countries

I must own up that it is not my favorite Austen novel. But I am aware that for many, this is their favorite. I do, however, feel it is her most underrated. I have read the novel through two or three times and have never been entirely prepared for the way it turns upon itself. I never fail to be surprised and moved to tears at the end. How many romantic novels say that?

If this is you and one other Austen heroine rolled into one (less the silly and charming stammering), then you will appreciate this. I think your heart may ache when you finish and wonder why Austen ever chose to live such a short life. She provides so much material for more and better novels. As we know, she did complete a very different novel, and I have always wished that Austen had written a third novel in which this heroine was grown, married and had children.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best Jane Austen book to start with?

This is a difficult question, but here is our top 7 list of Austen works:

  1. Pride and Prejudice- a classic; probably the most well-known of Austen’s books. Take it from us: if you like this one, you will like the rest of her books.
  2. Sense and Sensibility- Though it’s not Austen’s most famous book, it is one of our personal favorites. The more we read it, the more we love it.
  3. Emma- This was Austen’s personal favorite of her novels. It’s the story about an idealistic young lady who is attempting to matchmake for everyone around her.

How many Jane Austen books have been sold?

Despite having published only six full-length novels, Jane Austen has sold more books than any other author in history barring Shakespeare. Her novels have been celebrated around the world and many have been made into hit films. The most popular, Pride and Prejudice, is known by everyone even if they haven’t read the books. It is one of the most frequently adapted works in the history of film, appearing in every medium from radio to television, from theater to games. Since its original publication in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has been adapted for film at least four times. The novel was also adapted for the stage in 1813 and has been produced numerous times since then. Its most famous adaptation was the 1940 film starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson.

What is the order of Jane Austen books?

The order of Jane Austen books is complex and depends on how you choose to read them. Below we list the order of Jane Austen books according to publication and internal chronology (span of time in which they are set).

These books are divided into two categories:

How many completed novels did Jane Austen write?

Jane Austen started writing novels early in her life, but she didn’t publish any of her works until she was in her late twenties. When she did publish, it was under a false name for the first six novels, until Sense and Sensibility was published under her own name in 1811.

She had started writing Pride and Prejudice by the end of 1811, and it was published in 1813. By the time her death in 1817, she had completed Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Conclusion

Jane Austen was a famous English novelist with six completed novels, and her success has continued even to this day. Her six completed novels are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), Northanger Abbey (1817), and Persuasion (1817). We’ve put together a table that displays the works and their publication dates.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Pride and PrejudiceBest Overall
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and SensibilityBudget Pick
Sense and Sensibility
Northanger AbbeyUpgrade Pick