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.
1. What Would Jane Do? (Quips and Wisdom from Jane Austen) and 2. The Jane Austen Companion to Life
Miss Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas by Rebecca Smith
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
…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.