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The Complete Novels : Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition - Jane Austen

The Complete Novels

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

By: Jane Austen, Karen Joy Fowler (Introduction by)

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Published: August 2006
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Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen. Here in one volume are her seven great novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their circle, Austen vividly portrays English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began. Each of the novels is a love story and a story about marriage—marriage for love, for financial security, for social status. But they are not romances; ironic, comic, and wise, they are masterly evocations of the society Jane Austen observed. This beautiful volume covers the literary career of one of England’s finest prose stylists of any century.

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps and luxurious packaging
  • Features the definitive Penguin Classics texts recommended by the Jane Austen Society
  • New introduction by bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler
About The Author

Jane Austen's delightful, carefully wrought novels of manners remain surprisingly relevant, nearly 200 years after they were first published. Her novels -- Pride and Prejudice and Emma among them -- are those rare books that offer us a glimpse at the mores of a specific period while addressing the complexities of love, honor, and responsibility that still intrigue us today.

Introduction viiSense and Sensibility - 3
Pride and Prejudice - 179
Mansfield Park - 363
Emma - 587
Northanger Abbey - 817
Persuasion - 931
Lady Susan - 1051
Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon, near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.

Jane Austen was extremely modest about her own genius, describing her work to her nephew, Edward, as 'the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory, on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour'.

As a girl she wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were published only after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime.

These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1817 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

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ISBN: 9780143039501
ISBN-10: 0143039504
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1088
Published: August 2006
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.9  x 5.6
Weight (kg): 1.56
Edition Number: 1