Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a
platform from which to address issues of gender politics and class
consciousness among the British middle-class of the late eighteenth
century. The novels included in the collection - Sense and
Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger
Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan - represent all of Austen''s
complete novels, and provide the reader with an entrance into the
world she and her memorable characters inhabited.
With witty, unflinching morality, Austen portrays English
middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the
nineteenth century began. Austin's heroines find happiness in many
forms, each of the novels is a story of love and marriage-marriage
for love, financial security and for social status.
In a publishing career that spanned less than ten years her
work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive
reviews during her lifetime. It wasn't until the 1940s that she
became widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The
second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen
scholarship and the emergence of a fan culture. Austen''s works
continue to influence the course of the novel even as they charm
Complete and unabridged this beautiful volume is magnificent.
Elegantly designed, this cloth bound hardcover edition is slip
cased and features a ribbon marker and period styling. A must have
for any "Janeite". Also included is an original introduction that
provides the reader with enlightening information on Jane Austen's
life and works.