Jane Austen Panel – Part One

Six readers. Six major novels. Six insightful conversations.

This is the first installment in a two-part series on Jane Austen and her work.

Austen has played a formative role in my personal reading history since the day I selected Pride and Prejudice for a sixth grade book report. I’ve often relied upon Austen’s novels for comfort during moments of doubt, bouts of sickness, or pangs of heartache. Her writing renews my spirit and freshens my perspective whenever daily life feels uninspired. Our six panelists share similar feelings for this remarkable author, and the following conversations have only intensified my love for her work.

In this episode our readers champion Austen’s first three published novels: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Mansfield Park (1814). Listen as each reader explains her connection to a particular text and defends its special place in Austen’s oeuvre.


Please let me know in the comments if you have any ideas for future panel episodes!

Currently Reading:

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara


CORRECTION: In the Sense and Sensibility interview I accidentally refer to the text as the first book Austen wrote. Whoops! S&S was Austen’s first published work.

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