There are many editions. The standard edition is R.W. Chapman, rev. Mary Lascelles (6 vols.; Oxford U.P., 1965-7). The Penguin or World’s Classics texts are fine.
There are many biographies. David Cecil, A Portrait of Jane Austen (1978) is gentlemanly and urbane; David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life (1997) is more up-to-date. The Letters are published in an edition by Deirdre le Faye (1995; paperback, 1997).
Collections of Criticism.
B.C. Southam, Jane Austen: The Critical Heritage (1973).
Ian Watt (ed.), Jane Austen. A Collection of Critical Essays (1963).
B.C. Southam (ed.), Critical Essays on Jane Austen (1968).
- Walter Scott, review of Emma (Quarterly Review 16); in the Critical Heritage volume, above.
- A.C. Bradley, ‘Jane Austen’, Essays and Studies 2 (1911).
- Virginia Woolf, ‘Jane Austen’; in The Common Reader (1925).
- David Cecil, ‘Jane Austen’ (Leslie Stephen Lecture 1935); in Poets and Story Tellers (1949).
- E.M. Forster, ‘Jane Austen’; in Abinger Harvest (1936).
- * D.W. Harding, ‘Regulated Hatred: An Aspect of the Work of Jane Austen’, Scrutiny 8 (1940)
- Q.D. Leavis, ‘A Critical Theory of Jane Austen’s Writings’, Scrutiny 10 (June and October, 1941; January, 1942), and Scrutiny 12 (June, 1944).
- Edmund Wilson, ‘A Long Talk on Jane Austen’; in Classics and Commercials (1950).
- Arnold Kettle, ‘Jane Austen: Emma’; in An Introduction to the English Novel, vol. 1 (1951).
- * Lionel Trilling, ‘Jane Austen and Mansfield Park’, in his The Opposing Self (1955), and Boris Ford (ed.), The Pelican Guide to English Literature, vol. 5 Blake to Byron (1957).
- A. Walton Litz, Jane Austen. A Study of her Artistic Development (1965).
- Gilbert Ryle, ‘Jane Austen and the Moralists’; in Southam (1968), above.
- John Bayley, ‘The “Irresponsibility” of Jane Austen’; in Southam (1968), above.
- Angus Wilson, ‘The Neighbourhood of Tombuctoo: Conflicts in Jane Austen’s Novels’; in Southam (1968), above.
- Lionel Trilling, in chapter 3 of Sincerity and Authenticity (1972).
- * Marilyn Butler, Jane Austen and the War of Ideas (1975; 1987)
- David Aers, ‘Community and Morality: Towards Reading Jane Austen’; in Aers, Cook and Punter, Romanticism and Ideology. Studies in English Writing 1765-1830 (1981).
- * Marilyn Butler, ‘Novels for the Gentry: Jane Austen and Walter Scott’; in Romantics, Rebels, and Reactionaries (1981).
- * Tony Tanner, Jane Austen (1986).
- Barbara Everett, ‘Hard Romance’, London Review of Books, 8 February, 1996.
- Christopher Ricks, ‘Jane Austen and the Business of Mothering’; in Essays in Appreciation (1996).