Jane Austen

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Having chosen to publish anonymously during her lifetime, Jane Austen is enjoying extraordinary fame and fortune today as a best-selling author. In recent years, Jane Austen has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity-her books have been made into films, real box-office powerhouses, and gorgeous television mini-series starring some of the most notable actors of the day; she's a darling of book clubs, and her beloved books even star as protagonists in new novels such as the best-selling book, The Jane Austen Book Club....

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Overview

Having chosen to publish anonymously during her lifetime, Jane Austen is enjoying extraordinary fame and fortune today as a best-selling author. In recent years, Jane Austen has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity-her books have been made into films, real box-office powerhouses, and gorgeous television mini-series starring some of the most notable actors of the day; she's a darling of book clubs, and her beloved books even star as protagonists in new novels such as the best-selling book, The Jane Austen Book Club. Canterbury Classics is proud to present Jane Austen, an elegantly bound collection of four of her best-loved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Bound in supple leather with padded covers, gold foil stamping, and pretty gilded edges, Jane Austen is an essential book for fans of English literature around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607100683
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Pages: 808
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Though the domain of Jane Austen’s novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born in 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her family’s entertainment. As a clergyman’s daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. In 1803 she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers. Austen’s identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.

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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