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The Complete Novels: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Now in Penguin Classics-a treasure trove of Jane Austen's novels

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Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen. Here in one volume are her seven great novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their...

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Overview

 

Now in Penguin Classics-a treasure trove of Jane Austen's novels

View our Austen-mania feature page here.

Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen. Here in one volume are her seven great novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their circle, Austen vividly portrays English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began. Each of the novels is a love story and a story about marriage—marriage for love, for financial security, for social status. But they are not romances; ironic, comic, and wise, they are masterly evocations of the society Jane Austen observed. This beautiful volume covers the literary career of one of England’s finest prose stylists of any century.

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps and luxurious packaging
  • Features the definitive Penguin Classics texts recommended by the Jane Austen Society
  • New introduction by bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler

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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.
Library Journal
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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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: 9780143039501
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
  • Edition description: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 235,334
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 2.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

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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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    NOW I understand why Austin is still popular 200 years later!

    In my Austin journey I started out with an annotated version of Pride and Prejudice, which was good for a Austin virgin...but after that I wanted to experience her without any help.

    This is all her stories, and each is as different as the other...no "cookie cutter" stories here! Wow, Lady Susan...who knew Austin could write that kind of character?

    The book has some shorts falls to it...such as the pages are not trimmed completely, and it is heavier them I expected...but the back cover has this very handy flap you can use for the book marker--for the money this well worth all the reading pleasure inside the covers!

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    For those who love Jane

    What I love most is that you have all that Jane has to offer in one nicely weighted volume. I personally love large books, and even for people who don't this is far more efficient than having a separate book taking up space on your shelf, unless, of course, you don't like all of Jane's novels. Okay, I admit I am so not a fan of Northanger Abbey - I prefer the spunky heroines to the blah ones whose heroes are far more interesting, but it was still a nice perspective on the time in which Jane lived. Jane is also a refreshing contrast to, oh, say, the Brontes. That was actually why I started with Emma in the first place - Heathcliff and Cathy were going to make my head explode with the complete rendition of their childhood. Back on subject, though, this is also very sturdy for being a paperback, so as long as you're not one of those people who insists on breaking the spines of books, it should hold up nicely to all other customary abuse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    I love this book!

    Hey, I love this book with all the Jane Austen's books in it. A great gift for any old english lovers.

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