Jane Austen: The Complete Novels

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Emma (1816) is Jane Austen's most characteristic work. Convinced that she understands the world, Emma rules over her invalid father and the small social circle of Highbury with well-meaning tyranny. But she is highly fallible where love is concerned, and her failings there cause many misunderstandings - as well as giving the reader much enjoyment as order is restored. In her new introduction to this edition Terry Castle examines the pleasure given by Emma's reassuringly stable world and by its comedy, and ...
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Jane Austen: Four Classic Novels

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Emma (1816) is Jane Austen's most characteristic work. Convinced that she understands the world, Emma rules over her invalid father and the small social circle of Highbury with well-meaning tyranny. But she is highly fallible where love is concerned, and her failings there cause many misunderstandings - as well as giving the reader much enjoyment as order is restored. In her new introduction to this edition Terry Castle examines the pleasure given by Emma's reassuringly stable world and by its comedy, and examines the relationships, imagery, and continuing power of Austen's perhaps greatest novel.

Thought by many critics to be Jane Austen's finest and most varied achievement, Emma is the witty story of a beautiful and confident young heiress who attempts to manage her life and the lives of those around her with all the wisdom of her 21 years. 4 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is another case where a classic is being reprinted simply as a tie-in to a TV/feature film presentation. Libraries, nonetheless, can benefit by picking up a quality hardcover for a nice price.
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Another neat-and large-volume in Penguin's revamped "Deluxe Classics Editions" is this bruiser corralling Austen's seven novels for a respectable price. Along with the complete texts of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan, this also features an introduction by Austen scholar Karen Joy Fowler, a list of suggested reading, and notes on the text. Pretty sweet for $25. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Charming, willful Emma Woodehouse amuses herself by planning other people's lives. When her interfering backfires, she learns a bitter lesson: well-intentioned busybodies are as resented as those motivated by ill will, and everyone should learn to respect the individuality of others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626342749
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 69 CDs, 83 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 5.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen was born in 1775 at Steventon, Hampshire. She was the seventh child of the local rector, and her life was by modern standards uneventful. In 1801 she moved with her parents to Bath, but returned to Hampshire when her father died, settling in the village of Chawton. She remained there until 1817, when she moved to Winchester to be within easy reach of her doctor. She died that year, aged forty one and is buried in Winchester Cathedral, which also contains a plaque to her memory. Four of her novels were published anonymously in her lifetime; two more, one of which was Persuasion, appeared posthumously. She never married.

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

Table of Contents

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

    Posted February 20, 2011

    Disappointed

    All titles did not download. Recommend buyer choose another complete collection

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    All The Best In One Lovely Hardcover Edition!!

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    disappointing and incomplete

    The book is poorly laid out, not even a page break between the end of one novel and the beginning of the next. The Table of contents is useless and unwieldy, and hundreds of pages are missing, including one whole novel. (Persuasion). It's a disgrace how many of these books have been slapped together without care for whether or not they're readable or worth any amount of money no matter how small.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Does not download

    Very upset about this. It will not download to my iPad. Other books from this service have but this one will not.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Charming!

    Wonderful books, and nice to have them all in one volume. I just wish Jane Austin had been able to write more stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Austen Collection Not recommended

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    An excellent compendium of all things Austen

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2011

    Best Jane Austen Collection

    This is the best Jane Austen Collection I've seen. It actually has everything! Has a great table of contents.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Written in Old English?

    This copy of the Jane Austen stories is UNABRIDGED and I could not understand the context very well. It is written in Old English or something. I went back to get a edited version, and it has been a lot better!. I do not recommend this edition of the stories.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Wonderful!

    She paints a vivid picture!

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