While Jane Austen's books are in a class all their own, there are several other notable authors that tell similarly uplifting stories ("let other pens dwell on guilt and misery") of romance similar to the themes found within Austen's own works. The list below showcases authors, and their respective works, which follow Austen's style in developing witty characters while presenting a snapshot of daily life of the period and set the stage for romantic conflict and ultimate resolution all the while engaging and delighting the reader. In keeping with the "Austen Formula", these novels have, what we believe, everything a Jane Austen fan could want to read in them and not anything to make you blush. While these works are not truly Jane in print, they are like Jane in their romantic spirit and are deserving of mention.
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) - "North and South", "Wives and Daughters"
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) - "Little Women"
Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) - "The Woman in White", "The Moonstone"
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) - "The Warden", "Barchester Towers"
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) - "Little Dorrit", "A Tale of Two Cities"
Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) - "Belinda", "Castle Rackrent"
Frances Burney (1752-1840) - "Camilla", "Cecilia", "Evelina"
Winston Graham (1908-2003) - "Poldark"