Jane Austen, as sketched by her sister, Cassandra
Today is Jane Austen’s 241st birthday! Since the film Love and Friendship came out this year (do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP), I think it would be appropriate to celebrate this year by reading some of her juvenilia and less known works.
Lady Susan (the story that the film Love and Friendship is based on)
Love & friendship: in which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon is entirely vindicated : concerning the beautiful Lady Susan Vernon, her cunning daughter & the strange antagonism of the DeCourcy family by Whit Stillman (includes Jane Austen’s novella)
Love and Freindship [sic], and Other Early Works (much of her juvenilia can be found here)
Fragment of a novel written by Jane Austen, January-March 1817; now first printed from the manuscript.
Northanger Abbey ; Lady Susan ; The Watsons ; Sanditon
Jane Austen’s “Sir Charles Grandison”
The History of England: From the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st (a very amusing early work)
Oh and if the image at the beginning of this post made you curious about Jane’s relationship with Cassandra, you might want to check out some of the letters.