Austen Library (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Overview

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire, England. She died in Winchester, England, on July 18, 1817.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, 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...

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Overview

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire, England. She died in Winchester, England, on July 18, 1817.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, 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. Despite that, she bequeathed the world Pride & Prejudice, one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride & Prejudice is as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."

Our new paperback Austen Library, culled from the Barnes & Noble Classics series, brings together all six of her published novels:

  • Sense & Sensibility, 1811
  • Pride & Prejudice, 1813
  • Mansfield Park, 1814
  • Emma, 1815
  • Northanger Abbey, 1817
  • Persuasion, 1817
The Barnes & Noble Classics series offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics series:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pull together a constellation of influences —biographical, historical, and literary— to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400532605
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Edition description: 6-volume set
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 14.10 (h) x 6.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

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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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