Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth had met and separated years before. Their reunion forces a recognition of the false values that drove them apart. The characters who embody those values are the subjects of some of the most withering satire that Austen ever wrote. But the heroine — like the author — is more mature; the tone of the writing more somber. Also included in this edition is the pioneering biography of Austen written fifty years after her death by her nephew, J. Lady Susan is a sparkling melodrama, written in epistolary form, featuring a beautiful, intelligent, and wicked heroine.
Penguin Classics wishes to thank and credit the following writers and books for information used in creating this Penguin Classics Guide:. About the Title Marianne Dashwood, trusting the evidence of her senses, falls passionately in love with a man who in truth is less good than he seems. Emma appeared in and was reviewed favorably by the most popular novelist of the day, Sir Walter Scott, who said: Harding Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth had met and separated years before. Sense and Sensibility , Persuasion , and Pride and Prejudice X Penguin Classics wishes to thank and credit the following writers and books for information used in creating this Penguin Classics Guide: Learn More About Sense and Sensibility print.
LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Unbound Worlds Exploring the science fiction and fantasy universe. Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. He advertised it as forthcoming, but never issued it. Jane Austen had the manuscript bought back more than ten years later, after several of her other novels had been published, and apparently made some revisions, but finally "put it on the shel[f]" letter of March 13, It was only after her death in that her brother Henry finally had it published together with Persuasion.
The title " Northanger Abbey " was not chosen by Jane Austen she referred to the book in her letter as " Miss Catherine ". The most famous quote from Northanger Abbey is probably Henry Tilney's pseudo-gothic satire see also Henry Tilney and Catherine Morland on marriage vs. By the way, in this novel Jane Austen uses the word "baseball" -- the first person, as far as is known, to use this word in print by almost fifty years. This novel contrasts two sisters: Marianne, who, with her doctrines of love at first sight, fervent emotions overtly expressed, and admiration of the grotesque "picturesque", represents the cult of "sensibility" ; and Elinor, who has much more "sense", but is still not immune from disappointments.
Despite some amusing characters and true Jane Austen touches, it is not generally considered to be her best novel. According to Cassandra , it was probably the first of the novels to be started sometime before , under the early name Elinor and Marianne ; it was worked on in , and probably again heavily revised before publication in It was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be published, and appeared without her name on the title page only "By a Lady".
It was one of only two novels that Jane Austen revised after publication, when a second edition came out in The first and second editions were probably not more than a thousand copies each, but the readership would have been very much larger, due to the institution of "circulating libraries" book rental shops , and also the fact that the novel was published in three separately-bound volumes as was the usual practice.
First published in , Pride and Prejudice has consistently been Jane Austen's most popular novel. It portrays the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers and the haughty Darcy. Jane Austen wrote in a letter about Elizabeth , "I must confess that I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know".
The title Pride and Prejudice refers among other things to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcy first view each other. The original version of the novel was written in under the title First Impressions , and was probably in the form of an exchange of letters ; First Impressions was actually the first of Jane Austen's works to be offered to a publisher, in by Jane Austen's father , but the publisher turned it down without even looking at the manuscript.
This novel, originally published in , is the first of Jane Austen's novels not to be a revised version of one of her pre writings.
Mansfield Park has sometimes been considered atypical of Jane Austen, as being solemn and moralistic, especially when contrasted with the immediately preceding Pride and Prejudice and the immediately following Emma. Poor Fanny Price is brought up at Mansfield Park with her rich uncle and aunt, where only her cousin Edmund helps her with the difficulties she suffers from the rest of the family, and from her own fearfulness and timidity. When the sophisticated Crawfords Henry and Mary , visit the Mansfield neighbourhood, the moral sense of each marriageable member of the Mansfield family is tested in various ways, but Fanny emerges more or less unscathed.
The well-ordered if somewhat vacuous house at Mansfield Park, and its country setting, play an important role in the novel, and are contrasted with the squalour of Fanny's own birth family's home at Portsmouth , and with the decadence of London. Readers have a wide variety of reactions to Mansfield Park -- most of which already appear in the Opinions of Mansfield Park collected by Jane Austen herself soon after the novel's publication.
Some dislike the character of Fanny as "priggish" however, it is Edmund who sets the moral tone here , or have no sympathy for her forced inaction doubtless, those are people who have never lacked confidence, or been without a date on Friday night! Mansfield Park has also been used to draw connections between the "genteel" rural English society that Jane Austen describes and the outside world, since Fanny's uncle is a slave-owner with an estate in Antigua in the Caribbean; slavery was not abolished in the British empire until Like a number of other topics , Jane Austen only chose to allude glancingly to the slave trade and slavery in her novels, though she was aware of contemporary debates on the subject.
Mansfield Park was one of only two of Jane Austen's novels to be revised by her after its first publication, when a second edition came out in this second edition was a failure in terms of sales. Notes on some customs of the society of Jane Austen's day, which are part of the background to Mansfield Park , but which may not be intuitively obvious to modern readers:.
Emma , published in , has been described as a "mystery story without a murder". The eponymous heroine is the charming but perhaps too clever for her own good Emma Woodhouse, who manages to deceive herself in a number of ways including as to who is really the object of her own affections , even though she and the reader are often in possession of evidence pointing toward the truth.
The book describes a year in the life of the village of Highbury and its vicinity, portraying many of the various inhabitants. Jane Austen was apparently not especially pleased by this honour see her letter on the infidelities of the Prince and his wife.
This episode was productive of her amusing correspondence with Mr. This relatively short novel, her last, was written in the last few years of Jane Austen's life, and published only after her death in though she described it, in a letter of March 13 , as "a something ready for publication", she probably would have revised it further, if she had not already been ill with her eventually fatal disease by the time she stopped working on it. It involves an older heroine than any of her other novels do Anne Elliot is 27 , and is also the only novel whose events are explicitly dated to a specific year Eight years before the novel begins, Anne Elliot whom Jane Austen described in one of her letters as a "heroine [who] is almost too good for me" had been persuaded by an older friend of the family, whom she respects, to give up her engagement to the then-poor Captain Wentworth.
Like Mansfield Park , this novel has a number of characters who are in the navy two of Jane Austen's brothers were sailors , and several warm-hearted naval families are attractively depicted; these contrast favorably with Anne's own family, in which she is overlooked by her vain and rank-proud Baronet father and her cold and selfish elder sister. In its autumnal mood, this novel is more serious in tone than most of Jane Austen's other works, and perhaps is the most conventionally "romantic" of them and thus the one which has given rise to the most speculation about her own affairs of the heart -- for example, by Kipling ; however, there is still plenty of Jane Austen irony.
Persuasion also contains more description of background and natural beauty than the previous novels. In her admiration for the seaside town of Lyme and dislike of Bath , Anne Elliot reflects her creator's preferences. After she had finished the first version of Persuasion , Jane Austen was dissatisfied with the chapter in which Anne Elliot and the "unconsciously constant" Captain Wentworth are reconciled; she then wrote two replacement chapters which are universally considered much better than the first attempt.
The manuscript of the cancelled chapter is the only original manuscript of any part of Jane Austen's published novels which has survived. Jane Austen's minor writings besides her letters include the Juvenilia early short pieces written for the amusement of her family, before she had started on any of her novels , several incomplete beginnings of novels, Lady Susan , the Plan of a Novel , some light verse , some prayers , and a few other miscellaneous fragments.
They were written when Jane Austen was approximately from thirteen to seventeen years old, and then copied into three volumes. Some of the humor resembles that of Ambrose Bierce "I murdered my father at a very early period in my Life, I have since murdered my mother, and I am now going to murder my sister" , or Lewis Caroll "The noble youth informed us that his name was Lindsay -- for particular reasons I will conceal it under that of Talbot" ; or "My dear Sophia, be not uneasy at having exposed yourself -- I will turn the conversation without appearing to notice it" , and some of it has a Monty Python-esque flavor Bless me!
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However, if your Ladyship will but take Sir Arthur in your lap, and Sophy my brother in hers, I believe we shall do pretty well". As in her novel Northanger Abbey she burlesques the literary conventions of the day "Her father was of noble birth, being the near relation of the Duchess of 's butler". For example, this dialogue introduces two characters in a play-let:. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Jane Austen's complete novels, collected together in one uniquely comprehensive volume. Comprises the complete text of: This is the only single-volume edition of Jane Austen's novels to contain not only the wickedly humorous "Lady Susan", but also the irrepressibly exuberant early work "Love and Friendship".
This collection allows readers to explore the development of one of the English language's greatest writers, following her development from the farcical comedy of "Love and Friendship" and "Northanger Abbey", via her most popular work, "Pride and Prejudice", to the masterpiece "Emma", and the considered romance of "Persuasion".
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I purchased this for my Kindle Fire because of the added content: I figured if I liked it, then it would be a great bargain, but if I didn't-- then no great loss and I wouldn't feel wasteful buying another version for a little bit more. The extras are well-written although the plot and character summaries might not be the best idea for a truly new reader; I'm revisiting these novels so that wasn't a concern for me but if you want to avoid spoilers, maybe don't get this edition or be sure to skip the summaries the first time around.
The text seems consistent and I haven't noticed any typos yet. The only downsides are in the Kindle formatting, which is why I'm giving it 3 stars. When I select the menu option from either my Kindle device or the Kindle Cloud reader, the "Table of Contents" link is grayed-out so I can't use it. I bookmarked the Table of Contents page which works fine, but I'm annoyed that I had to do that at all. Plus, the table of contents only includes links to the first page of each novel's section-- not the novel's first page, since the following information comes first for each one: So if you do want to skip any of the plot giveaways in the "Summary" or "Major Characters" sections, you have to page through them to get to the first chapter of the novel itself.
I probably should have realized this before I purchased it, but it just didn't hit me until I was actually navigating through on my Kindle. Generally I do just bookmark my place in any Kindle book so I don't use chapter headings that much, except for later reference. But this is probably the largest book I have added to my Kindle so far, because it's a collection.
It also feels like there are too many blank pages between sections. The end of each section or chapter is followed by a blank page or two. Or maybe it's that every section or chapter heading is preceded by a blank page? I have my Kindle set on the smallest font, with single line spacing and no margins. If I could skip from section to section using a fully enabled, complete table of contents, I would.
It's still a good purchase for my enjoyment of Jane Austen's writing, and the additional information as a refresher-- I would have appreciated a similar edition as a student. Although my complaints are about the less-than-ideal Kindle formatting, I did know when I purchased this that it was NOT specifically formatted for the Kindle, so I got what I paid for.
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And it was only 99 cents! So, still a bargain. If I ever do end up wanting to refer to chapters I think I might go with this version: To get straight to the point; this book is a great buy. I read a few reviews where the font was criticised, however I found no problem with it at all. The printing paper is of great quality- none of that type which gets faded and yellow, and also the book's cover is just beautiful. All of my favourites are in the book as well as the added bonus of "Love and Friendship.
However, this issue is minor and does not detract from the fact the it's a great buy. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Jane Austen's Complete Novels.