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Jane Austen was an English author whose novels have become timeless classics and have been adapted to films, television shows, and modern tales centuries after her passing in 1817. Loved for her astute ability to capture the beauty of ordinary characters, Jane Austen wrote beloved heroines in stories that serve as reflections of society at the time. 
To rank her most popular works, we turned to Goodreads members. On Goodreads, readers can rate and review their favorite books and share recommendations with friends. Though she only published four novels in her lifetime, two others were published posthumously as well as two incomplete tales and early stories written in her teen years. 
Whether you’re a new Austen reader looking for a romantic classic or a longtime fan hoping to find your next read, here are all of Jane Austen’s works, as ranked by Goodreads members.
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Pride and Prejudice” is Jane Austen’s most popular novel, earning nearly two million five-star reviews on Goodreads and selling over 20 million copies since its publication in 1813. This novel follows the witty and fascinating relationship between the beautiful Elizabeth Bennet and the proud Mr. Darcy as they meet and fall in love through flirtatious quarreling in this heartwarming, historical romance classic.
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Adored for Austen’s ability to capture a depth of emotion, “Sense and Sensibility” was Jane Austen’s first published novel in 1811 and centers upon the coming-of-age stories of two sisters, Marianne and Elinor. As Marianne impulsively falls for an unfitting suitor, Elinor attempts to hide her own romantic disappointment on their search for love in a society that values status above all else.
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Looking to write a headstrong heroine who “no one but myself will much like,” Jane Austen created Emma, a vivid and spoiled young woman who believes she’s a natural matchmaker. As Emma’s meddling complicates relationships, a series of comedic romantic misunderstandings ensue in this novel adored for Emma’s entertaining adventures.
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Eight years ago, Anne Elliot was engaged to a naval officer named Fredrick Wentworth, but ended the relationship after her friend convinced her that he was not a good match. When Fredrick returns home, Anne finds that she still deeply regrets ending their relationship in this novel that explores the strength of love and second chances. 
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Though the first of Jane Austen’s novels to be completed, “Northanger Abbey” is a gothic parody that was published posthumously. It’s about a 17-year-old girl named Catherine whose love of gothic thrillers angles the story towards a dark and cryptic atmosphere. When Catherine falls in love with Henry Tilney, she visits his family estate and lets the old, gothic mansion build her suspicions of nefarious hidden secrets. 
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At 10 years old, Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle, The Bertrams, at their country estate, Mansfield Park. Mistreated by nearly all of her family, Fanny finds solace in the kindness of her slightly older cousin, Edmund, in this coming-of-age classic.
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Written as a series of letters from different characters, “Lady Susan” is an early Austen novel that follows Lady Susan Vernon, a flirtatious woman who is known for her manipulative and seductive ways of getting what she wants. Stuck in a difficult financial situation after the death of her first husband, Lady Susan embarks on a mission to marry off her teenage daughter and find  an even better man for herself. 
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This collection includes the posthumously published “Lady Susan” and two other unfinished works, “The Watsons” and “Sanditon.” Perfect for any Jane Austen fan hungry for more of her writing, these stories offer Austen’s literary mastery in three less-frequently-read tales. 
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Love and Freindship” [sic] is one of several stories Jane Austen wrote in her teen years, this one at only 14 years old, written to amuse her family. Told through a series of letters from the main character, Laura, to her friend’s daughter, Marianne, the story is a romantic parody about Laura’s failing love life and her warnings to Marianne about the dangers of romance.
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Jane Austen’s Letters” serves as a fascinating biography that brings Jane, her family, and her environment to life. Chronologically organized and accompanied by heavily researched annotations, Jane Austen’s witty and memorable voice is revived in this collection of letters, perfect for any fan looking to explore the author’s history on a deeper level. 
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Told in 12 short chapters, “The Beautifull Cassandra” [sic] is a miniature novel dedicated to Jane Austen’s older sister, Cassandra. In this charming story, Cassandra sets off to have a perfect day through a series of slightly criminal but joyful acts. 
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