Summertime and we’re ready to lounge around like any good bookworm, but what, oh what shall we read? I’m whipping up a list of books (with links to the free text!) Jane herself would have read, which could give you a new perspective on your favorite books.
- Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe – This will be a trial in patience, but it honestly gave me more insight into Northanger Abbey.
- Belinda by Maria Edgeworth – Another Northanger Abbey predecessor, sure to make you smile at Jane’s wit.
- Evelina by Frances Burney – I have been meaning to read this one myself, so I assume a copy of it will be in my beach bag soon.
- Waverley by Sir Walter Scott – Sir Walter was popular during Jane’s time and would probably have been on her summer reading list too.
- Tom Jones by Henry Fielding – Scandalous for a woman to be reading, but Jane did what she wanted.
- The Monk by M.G. Lewis – I hope this one leaves us all gasping and reaching for our smelling salts.
- Shakespeare – Jane would have read his work and probably been a bit inspired by his more vivacious heroines,
- Lover’s Vows by Elizabeth Inchbald – Because we have to know the juicy ending to that play.
- Works of Lord Byron – The Bridge of Abydos and The Giaour are mentioned in Persuasion, but any of his works should leave you swooning with feels.
- Sermons to Young Women by James Fordyce – Lolllll I’m so kidding.
Let us know what works you’ve read on this list! We’d love to hear if reading any of the works she would have changed your perspective on the books themselves.
– Admin B