Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Volume 1 (Modern Library Series)

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"An original author always invents an original world," Nabokov noted in his famous lecture on Mansfield Park, "and if a character or an action fits into the patterns of that world, then we experience the pleasurable shock of artistic truth, no matter how unlikely the person or thing may seem if transferred into what book reviewers, poor hacks, call 'real life.'" Jane Austen's world is the stratified society of the English provinces in the early nineteenth century, observed with a wit and understanding that are ...
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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Volume I: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park

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Overview

"An original author always invents an original world," Nabokov noted in his famous lecture on Mansfield Park, "and if a character or an action fits into the patterns of that world, then we experience the pleasurable shock of artistic truth, no matter how unlikely the person or thing may seem if transferred into what book reviewers, poor hacks, call 'real life.'" Jane Austen's world is the stratified society of the English provinces in the early nineteenth century, observed with a wit and understanding that are completely original and that make her characters as alive today as they were nearly two hundred years ago.

Sense and Sensibility, the product of more than a decade's labor, follows the divergent paths of harmonious love and oportunistic marriage through the stories of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood and the unscrupulous, self-advancing Lucy Steele and John Willoughby. Marriage is also the central concern of one of the most popular novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice, in which the proud Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet play out their courtship, fallings-out, and reconciliation. Far more dark and introspective, Mansfield Park offers one of the most complex heroines of nineteenth-century literature, Fanny Price, an orphan who becomes the salvation of a great Tory estate. Their world, with its very distinct manners and setting, becomes timeless through Austen's great art.

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What People Are Saying

Anna Quindlen
For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature
Eudora Welty
How could these novels ever seem remote?... The Gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished... As comedies they are irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679600268
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 651,870
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 5.51 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen
The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
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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 January 22, 2012

    Great investment

    This edition has good sized text, so reading isn't a problem. Since it's been out so long, you can also strike a bargain on the used copies. Not much of an eye catcher, but hey. It's a great deal and you can read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Volume 1

    From one of the most famous authors of any era comes 3 of her best novels in this extraordinary book. Jane Austen masterly captured readers attention worldwide through Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park. The former being the heartfelt story of the sensible Elinor Dashwood and the hopelessly romantic younger sister Marianne. The second, and most famous, is of the proud and arrogant Darcy and the prejudice yet playful Elizabeth Bennet. The latter of the three is of the senseous yet poor Fanny Price and her wealthy yet generous cousin Edmund Bertram. These three classic stories captured the hearts of many in this collection of her finest works.

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