Jane Austen's timeless works of romantic fiction have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and adored writers in the English language. Now any fan of Austen's sparkling literary satires can collect all six of her full-length novels in m......more
Jane Austen's timeless works of romantic fiction have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and adored writers in the English language. Now any fan of Austen's sparkling literary satires can collect all six of her full-length novels in magnificent clothbound editions. With covers by award-winning Penguin designer Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable books make fantastic gifts for lovers of great literature and book design.
Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighborhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation.Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
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 areSense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) andEmma (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.
Tony Tanner was a Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge and a professor of English and American literature at the University of Cambridge. He died in December 1998.
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