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Jane Austen's complete novels, collected together in one uniquely comprehensive volume. Comprises the complete text of: "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Mansfield Park", "Emma", "Northanger Abbey", "Persuasion", "Lady Susan", and "Love and Friendship". This is the only single-volume edition of Jane Austen's novels to contain not only the wickedly humorous "Lady Susan", but also the irrepressibly exuberant early work "Love and Friendship".

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Overview

Jane Austen's complete novels, collected together in one uniquely comprehensive volume. Comprises the complete text of: "Sense and Sensibility", "Pride and Prejudice", "Mansfield Park", "Emma", "Northanger Abbey", "Persuasion", "Lady Susan", and "Love and Friendship". This is the only single-volume edition of Jane Austen's novels to contain not only the wickedly humorous "Lady Susan", but also the irrepressibly exuberant early work "Love and Friendship".

This collection allows readers to explore the development of one of the English language's greatest writers, following her development from the farcical comedy of "Love and Friendship" and "Northanger Abbey", via her most popular work, "Pride and Prejudice", to the masterpiece "Emma", and the considered romance of "Persuasion". A unique collection of the finest and most perceptive love stories ever written.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780954840112
  • Publisher: Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 1,473,153
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen
Jane Austen
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.

Biography

In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    Love Jane Austen but the publisher....

    I do love Jane Austen books. That is why I bought the 8 in 1. Unforntunately the publisher needs to have his head examined! Bet he didn't read it himself after it was bound. The binding on this book is sooo tight that it's hard to read. The print is small and they've used every inch for text (including alongside the header and footer). I have even tried breaking the binding so that I could read the inside columns easier. It really is sad to have such good literature bound in such a crummy way. Guess I get what I paid for.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    REALLY small print

    It's wonderful to have all of these books within one book, but the print is very small. I find that it is hard to stay focused because I often feel like I'm reading a text book. The stories, however, are absolutely wonderful. Jane Austen can write a novel like no other!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    A collection of classics.

    The book is a brilliant collection of Jane Austen's finest works. This book in comparison to buying each book seperately would save you approximately $48. However, I must also mention that the binding of the book is a bit hectic. The pages are divided into two columns and the words descend far in to the spine. Also, it has smaller print, so if you have bad eye sight this book might be more difficult to read. Plus, the book also has height of 9.5 in., a length of 7.5 in., and a width of 1.5 in; so, this book would not neccessarily be the best travel book. The collection of stories, however, is an brilliant example of some the best love stories ever written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

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    Print is too small in this edition.

    I got rid of this edition and ordered the books individually. The print was too small to be an enjoyable read. I highly recommend Jane Austen's novels!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    best books ever

    all of thease books are great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    I love them

    I loved every single one of those books but the best ones were Emma and Sense and Senseibility

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    These are the works of Jane Austen - what more needs to be said?

    Without question, Jane Austen tops the list of all-time great romance novelists, and to have eight of her greatest works compiled into one hardbound book is fantastic! Granted, the type is small, and the double columns give it the look of a textbook, but then most of us read Jane Austen for the first time in school. Personally, I love both the convenience and the cost savings of having all eight stories in one book.

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