For Christmas I got Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury by Rebecca Dickson, a useful sampler of all-things-Jane. Its text is Janeite -informative and a bit, well, "sweet." In counterpoint I'm reading Jane's Fame by Claire Harmon, who calls the authoress "bloody minded." Closer to how I imagine that tart lady. But the best version I've found is in Fay Weldon's Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen. A wonderful, thoughtful, writer's-eye-view.
Favorite Austen novels?
Pride and Prejudice - the young woman's book
Persuasion - the grownup book