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Bath Novel A~nnotations to the Text: Merits and Mercenaries, ‘Classic Companion I’

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Merits and Mercenaries, ‘Classic Companion I’ of The Bath Novels of Lady A~

‘Relative’ Opinions

  • Austen, Henry, ‘Biographical Notice’, prefaced to the first edition of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (1818), and revised for the Bentley edition in 1833.
  • Austen-Leigh, James-Edward, A Memoir of Jane Austen (1870).

The ‘Sacred Six & Other Writings of the Lady

  • Austen, Jane, Catharine and Other Writings, ed. Margaret Anne Doody and Douglas Murray (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Austen, Jane, Emma, ed. Fiona Stafford (London: Penguin Books, 1996).
  • Austen, Jane, Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon, ed. Margaret Drabble (London: Penguin Books, 1974).
  • Austen, Jane, Love and Freindship and other writings, selected by Janet Todd (London: Phoenix, 1998).
  • Austen, Jane, Mansfield Park, ed. Kathryn Sutherland (London: Penguin Books, 1996).
  • Austen, Jane, Northanger Abbey, ed. Marilyn Butler (London: Penguin Books, 1995).
  • Austen, Jane, Northanger Abbey, ed. Anne Henry Ehrenpreis (London: Penguin Books, 1985).
  • Austen, Jane, Persuasion with A Memoir of Jane Austen, ed. D. W. Harding (London: Penguin Books, 1988).
  • Austen, Jane, Persuasion, ed. Gillian Beer (London: Penguin Books, 2003).
  • Austen, Jane, Persuasion, introduction and notes, Dr. W.A. Craik (London: Pan Books, 1975).
  • Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice, ed. Vivien Jones (London: Penguin Books, 1996).
  • Austen, Jane, Sense and Sensibility, ed. Ros Ballaster (London: Penguin Books, 1995).

Best Biography

  • Laski, Marghanita, Jane Austen and Her World (London: Thames and Hudson, 1969).
  • Tomalin, Claire, Jane Austen: A Life (London: Penguin Books, 1998).

Regency Reveal

  • Chris, Theresa, Georgette Heyer’s Regency England (London: Sidgwick, 1989).
  • Richardson, J., The Regency (London: Collins, 1973).
  • Titles and Forms of Address (London: A&C Black, 1966).

Decorative Delights

  • Earl Spencer, Charles, Althorpe Living History (Theodore Alexander, 2005).
  • Quinn, Tom/ Riddle, Paul, Country Houses of Britain & Ireland (London: New Holland, 2005).
  • Bly, John, John Bly’s Antiques Masterclass (London: Octopus, 2005).
  • The Oxford Companion to the Decorative Arts, ed. Harold Osborne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975).

Period Periodicals

  • Jane Austen’s Regency World (Lansdown Media).
  • Jasna News (The Jane Austen Society of North America).
  • Persuasions/The Jane Austen Journal (The Jane Austen Society of North America).


  • The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 1997).
  • The New Collins Concise Dictionary of the English Language (London: Collins, 1982).
  • The New Oxford Dictionary of English (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

Weave from the Worldly Web

  • AustenBlog,
  • British History Online,
  • Jane Austen’s World,
  • Jessamyn’s Regency Costume Companion,
  • Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99 (Microsoft, 1993-1998).
  • The Republic of Pemberley,
  • UK Historic Houses & Stately Homes, Royal Palaces, Gardens and Castles, Heritage Sites for England, Scotland and Wales,


* : Lady A~’s Lief-as-be-reading-this(!) list, or the LA!-Lyste. Although every entry on the R&R list is a must-peruse for those pursuing an earnest interest in Jane Austen, the Regency or all things ‘period’, the LA!-Lyste especially earmarks those uniformly excellent resources of information and enlightenment that are simply indispensable for research. They are Lady A~’s primary choices in their respective categories and provided many happy hours of reading delight. Regard this Lyste’s ‘L.A!’s, pray!