"we have lives enough of Jane Austen"

When A Room of One's Own was published in 1928, there was available a variety of biographical works on Jane Austen.

These include:

'A Biographical Notice of the Author', written by Jane Austen's brother Henry,  which was included in the 1817 edition (in two volumes) of Persuasian and Northanger Abbey (published posthumously);

Portrait of Jane Austen from J.E.Austen-Leigh's memoir
Public DomainPortrait of Jane Austen from J.E.Austen-Leigh's memoir - Credit: James Andrew based on unfinished work by Cassandra Austen

 A Memoir of Jane Austen published by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh in 1869;

Jane Austen and her works by Sarah Tytler, published in 1880;

The Story of Jane Austen's Life by Oscar Fay Adams, published in 1891;

Jane Austen by Lady Margaret Sackville, published in 1912.

Further information about the author's life could also be gleaned from her letters to her sister Cassandra. The first edition of the letters, edited by Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugessen (whose mother was Jane Austen's niece) was published in 1884.

By today, numerous biographies of the author exist, and her early life has also been portrayed in a recent film entitled Becoming Jane (2007)