“It’s all been done before.” Probably, if we’re being honest, by a character in a Jane Austen novel.
A read-through of any of Jane Austen’s seminal novels focused on the intricacy of human relationships and class relations in Regency England will assure you that awkward romantic ventures and baffling issues of social etiquette are nothing new. Long before Emily Post emerged on the scene, Jane Austen’s characters were defining propriety and tackling faux pas, which is why, some 200 years after Austen’s death, she remains the go-to guru for a multitude of perplexing situations.
The publishers and authors of the following books certainly understood this, which is why they’ve compiled the authoress’ best one-liners and wisdom for the ages in the helpful guides below. Let the advice in these pages encourage you to take a tried-and-true approach to even your messiest of dilemmas.
What Would Jane Do? Quips and Wisdom from Jane Austen
published by Potter Style
The Jane Austen Companion to Life
published by Sourcebooks
You know those situations: the ones where you wish you knew exactly the right comeback or witticism to toss someone’s way, but only manage to think of it hours later, when it’s no longer relevant? To ensure your head is never empty — and your pride never unsalvageable — in any of those crucial situations ever again, study up on the witticisms in these little books. Jane Austen knew a thing or two about a thing or two, and her wisdom is compiled in the pages of these books for your convenience. As an added bonus, they also happen to be the perfect size to tote in your handbag for some instant, on-the-go inspiration.
Miss Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas
by Rebecca Smith
This is it, folks: the veritable bible on how to carry oneself in the modern era according to the dictates of Regency England. Drawing from Austen’s extensive experience and catalogue of characters, Smith leaves no stone unturned in her discussions of friends, family, work, career, fashion, and even vacationing. If you’re wondering how Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse would fare in the world of Facebook and online shopping, and if you’re wondering how you can implement their class and style in the midst of your most pressing problems, look no further.
The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England
by Margaret C. Sullivan
If you somehow manage to create or snag a time machine and travel back to Regency England, you’ll probably have bigger problems to worry about than how to woo the gentleman of your dreams, dress for a ball, throw a proper dinner party, ride sidesaddle, or suitably enjoy the delights of the English countryside. Namely, how to get back to the present. But assuming, for whatever reason, that’s not an issue, this book is a good starting point for answers to all of those questions you’re bound to have. And, like the others on this list, it’s every bit as entertaining and insightful if you plan on remaining firmly rooted in the present.