6 novels.  200 years.  Millions of fans.

6 novels. 200 years. Millions of fans.

The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.  Join us in celebrating her life and works.


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2022 Essay Contest Open

Submission Deadline: June 2, 2022

2022 Essay Contest Open

Calling all high school, college, and grad school students! We invite you to enter our annual writing competition and compete for awards in three divisions. The focus of this year's topic is Sense and Sensibility.

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Austen's World Up Close

Providing Context

Austen's World Up Close

JASNA members share their expertise in short videos that shine a light on aspects of life in Jane Austen's world. A new video is added to the collection every few weeks.  

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December 30, 2021

Mr. Woodhouse Was Right: "A Nice Basin of Gruel Together" Indeed

Mr. Woodhouse's advocacy for gruel may not have been misplaced, as food historian Dan Macey explains in this short video.

December 11, 2021

The Various Vittles That Vexed Miss Charlotte

What types of foods would be on the menu at a wedding banquet in Jane Austen's day? In this video, food historian Dan Macey shows us his recreation of the...

November 12, 2021

Jane’s Fascination with Whipt Syllabub

Syllabub is a sweet, frothy alcoholic dessert drink wildly popular in Jane Austen's time. She even referred to it in Lesley Castle, a story from her juvenilia.

Austen's Enduring Appeal

JASNA Members on Jane Austen

Austen's Enduring Appeal

Why does Jane Austen inspire legions of admirers? JASNA members offer their thoughts in this video.

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