So courtesy of Edie from Silence in the Library, I have a beautiful massive edition of the
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
by, you know, Jane Austen
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.
I have this same edition, as one of my many copies of Jane (in fact, I can see it from where I'm sitting), and it is rather nice, I must say. But then, I'm a sucker for deckled edges...
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That's it. Plain and simple. Though I'd love to know in the comments if you've read anything by Jane before, and if so, what.
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