Jane Austen: Three Complete Novels

Jane Austen: Three Complete Novels

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by Jane Austen
     
 

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In the early nineteenth century, while Napoleon was transforming Europe, the daughter of a rural English clergyman was quietly transforming literature. Few novelists were as far ahead of their time as Jane Austen was of hers. This volume collects her three best and most important works of fiction.

Sense and Sensibility, Austen's first major novel, is the

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In the early nineteenth century, while Napoleon was transforming Europe, the daughter of a rural English clergyman was quietly transforming literature. Few novelists were as far ahead of their time as Jane Austen was of hers. This volume collects her three best and most important works of fiction.

Sense and Sensibility, Austen's first major novel, is the story of two sisters of opposing temperaments. Its central theme is the way these sisters are affected by the distances and secrets that separate them from the men they love. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the epitome of sense; Marianne, emotional and sentimental, is the essence of sensibility. Their mutual sufferings bring the sisters to an understanding of each other; and love triumphs when sense gives way to sensibility and sensibility gives way to sense.

The romantic clash of two opinionated young people, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, provides the dramatic tension in Pride and Prejudice. The novel captures all the class consciousness of eighteenth-century English family life. The dialogue sparkles as it skewers the mores of the period. Yet these characters also transcend time and place.

Emma represents the genius of Jane Austen in its full maturity. The story centers on Emma Woodhouse, a supremely confident young woman determined to arrange her own life and the lives of those around her in a pattern dictated by her romantic fantasies. Austen declared Emma a heroine "no one but myself will much like," but generations of readers have profoundly disagreed with her.


About the Author:
Jane Austen was born at Steventon Parsonage, Hampshire, England on December16, 1775, the seventh of eight children. She was educated by her father and began writing parodies and sketches for the amusement of her family. She published four novels in her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility in 1811, Pride and Prejudice in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814, and Emma in 1816. Two more novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published after her death in 1817.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760707319
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/1997
Edition description:
Leatherbound
Pages:
882

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He listened to her with silent attention, and on her ceasing to speak rose directly from his seat, and after saying in a voice full of emotion, 'To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby that he may endeavour to deserve her,'-took leave and went away.

Elinor derived no comfortable feelings from this conversation to lessen the uneasiness of her mind on other points; she was left, on the contrary, with a melancholy impression of Colonel Brandon's unhappiness, and was prevented even from wishing it removed, by her anxiety for the very event that must confirm it.

—from Sense and Sensibility

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All titles did not download. Recommend buyer choose another complete collection
JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Jane Austen's novels several times through - my favorite being Pride and Prejudice which was what got me started back in middle school. They are all good and worth reading. Sometimes, you read a good book by an author, and when you try reading another one of their works, they disappoint you. That's not the case with JA. While all her books have similarities (novel of manners, marriage issue, the importance of character, etc.), the plots and characters are about as different as can be. Each heroine is unique, yet you can appreciate and like all of them. It's also a reasonable price and comes with a good, though short, introduction. For a longer more detailed introduction and end notes, go to the B&N Classics and buy them individually.
dstout More than 1 year ago
If you want, you can hunt down the texts of all of Austen's books. But this Complete Collection is a nice and easy way to get at all of Jane Austen's novels in one package. You can lend this title to your friends as well. The table of contents makes it easy to jump to the various titles within, and you'll be digging Austen's wit in no time.
HappyDancier More than 1 year ago
Wonderful books, and nice to have them all in one volume. I just wish Jane Austin had been able to write more stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best Jane Austen Collection I've seen. It actually has everything! Has a great table of contents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although all Ausen's books are in this collection, it is difficult to access them. The advertisement says that the Table of Contents is interactive, but it is difficult to make it work. I'm reduced to trying to set 'bookmarks' at the beginning of each book. If I knew it was this hard, I would not have bought it, even for 2.99.
Ericka Buitenhuis More than 1 year ago
It did't download the whole book. Very dissopointing. This had some great books in it, and I would have rated it a lot higher, however, it failed to download over half of the promised titles. DON'T buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good books. Slow read though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this set after reading First Impressions by Charlie Lovett, a mystery involving Jane Austen's writing. I have not finished this entire collection, but find the stories to be an interesting look at life in Jane Austen's society. It is also interesting to me to see the similarities between her society and those of the American south in the 1800s. I think Scarlett O'Hara would fit right in! I am nearly finished reading Emma and look forward to reading Alexander McCall Smith's Emma: A Modern Retelling. One note of warning: I have found some errors in my Nook version; it will sometimes read Be when He makes sense, for instance.
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