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Title:
The novels of Jane Austen : the text based on collation of the early editions
Author:
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
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Edition:
Third edition with revisions.
Physical Description:
6 volumes : illustrations, facsimiles, plates ; 20 cm
General Note:
"The Oxford illustrated Jane Austen".

Vols. 1-5: "In five volumes."

Third edition 1932.
Language:
English
Contents:
v. 1. Sense and sensibility.--v. 2. Pride and prejudice.--v. 3. Mansfield Park.--v. 4. Emma.--v. 5. Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion.--v. 6. Minor works.
ISBN:
9780192547071
Format :
Book

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Summary

This complete set of the novels of Jane Austen is now reissued as a boxed set with handsome new jackets. Using the definitive text established by R.W. Chapman, with later revisions by distinguished scholars, the set presents the most authoritative and comprehensive edition available -invaluable for students and enthusiasts of Jane Austen's work. Each volume contains notes and appendices, and indexes of characters, and the set is illustrated with a charming selection of early nineteenth-century plates.


Author Notes

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41.

Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

(Bowker Author Biography)