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Collected Works of Jane Austen (6 vols.)

Overview

Jane Austen has become a pillar of the Western Canon, rising from modest fame during her lifetime to sweeping popularity in the twentieth century and today. Yale literary critic Harold Bloom notes, “We read Austen because she seems to know us better than we know ourselves, and she seems to know us so intimately for the simple reason that she helped determine who we are both as readers and as human beings.”

Though Austen is sometimes unjustly reduced to romantic fodder by contemporary readers, she has been adored by writers and critics from Walter Scott to Henry James. In fact, the original Janeites were a group of male scholars devoted to her genius. Charles Darwin’s son Francis describes how his father would request Austen be read to him during the afternoons in his later life; “[My father] was extremely fond of novels . . . and would anticipate the pleasure of having a novel read to him. . . . Walter Scott, Miss Austen, and Mrs. Gaskell were read and re-read till they could be read no more.”

Austen’s six novels—presented here, complete and unabridged—are rife with sharp irony, sparkling wit, and savvy social commentary. Setting her stories among the landed gentry in England, Austen had a special talent for stitching grand themes into everyday circumstances. More than mere marriage plots, her stories of flawed and ordinary characters explore the plight of nineteenth-century women, romantic choice, and individual’s relationship to society. Her elegance, insight, and subtle humor have continued to attract readers from all walks of life for over two centuries.

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Key Features

  • Presents the six unabridged novels of Jane Austen
  • Provides political and social commentary on Regency-era England
  • Displays the wit, realism, and irony of Austen

Praise for Jane Austen

Read again, for the third time at least, Miss Austen’s finely written novel of Pride and Prejudice. That young lady had a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life, which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with. The big Bow-Wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch which renders ordinary common-place things and characters interesting from the truth of the description and the sentiment is denied to me.

—Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet

No novelist has approached her in what we may style the ‘economy of art,’ by which is meant the easy adaptation of means to ends, with no aid from extraneous or superfluous elements.

—George Henry Lewes, philosopher and critic

Among the writers who . . . have approached nearest the manner of the great master [Shakespeare], we have no hesitation in placing Jane Austen, a woman of whom England is justly proud. She has given us a multitude of characters, all, in a certain sense, commonplace—all such as we meet every day. Yet they are all as perfectly discriminated from each other as if they were the most eccentric of human beings. . . . And all this is done by touches so delicate that they elude analysis, that they defy powers of description, and that we only know them to exist by the general effect to which they have contributed.

—Thomas Babington Macaulay, historian, essayist, and critic

Product Details

  • Title: Collected Works of Jane Austen
  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 2,341
  • Resource Type: Fiction
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Pride and Prejudice

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 449

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Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s most famous and widely-read work. Begun in 1796 and initially entitled First Impressions, it was renamed Pride and Prejudice before it was finally published in 1813. Rich with satire, this novel of manners features the five Bennet sisters, daughters of a country gentleman of fading fortune in Hertfordshire. Austen follows the two eldest sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, as they navigate nineteenth-century society—as women without income or high family connections—in their search for security, love, and happy marriages.

Emma

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 466

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Upon creating the titular character of Emma, Jane Austen noted that she was making a heroine “whom no one but myself will much like.” She was proved wrong in the best way as this novel, as with her other fiction, has proved enormously successful. Originally published in 1815, it follows Emma Woodhouse, “handsome, clever, and rich,” through society, family life, and her misguided matchmaking.

Sense and Sensibility

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 370

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Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility was published in 1811. A comedy of manners, it follows the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne. Left without fortune or protection upon the death of their father, the girls and their mother are forced to leave the family home—passed to Mr. Dashwood’s son by a first marriage—and rent a small cottage from a cousin. Austen’s sparkling wit and sharp irony portray the girls in their search for security and love, amidst the harsh strictures of society and situation.

Persuasion

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1905
  • Pages: 392

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Persuasion, though less widely popular among readers, has earned high esteem with many literary critics. Published in 1818, Persuasion departs from Austen’s usual plot, to tell the story of a perceptive, pensive, and passed-over Anne Elliot—whom we meet eight years after she has been persuaded by her godmother to refuse the proposal of a man she loved, Captain Wentworth. After Wentworth is once again thrust into her life, the story follows Anne on her search to find happiness after that difficult choice.

Northanger Abbey

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 314

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In this novel, Jane Austen parodies the popular Gothic novel. Published posthumously by her brother Henry in 1817, the story follows young Catherine Morland, an avid reader of Gothic novels. Catherine is invited to visit Bath with family friends, and eventually the estate, Northanger Abbey, where her fantastical imaginings must mingle with realities on her path to love and adulthood.

Mansfield Park

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Simms and M’Intyre
  • Publication Date: 1846
  • Pages: 350

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The most politically conscious and controversial of Jane Austen’s novels, Mansfield Park critiques the structures that often supported English gentry and lavish estates, with references to British plantations in the West Indies, built on slavery and oppression. The novel also directly juxtaposes different classes as the story follows Fanny Price—born to a lower class family in Portsmouth—who is sent her wealthy aunt and uncle on their estate, Mansfield Park. Austen follows Fanny as she searches for independence, love, and fulfilment, without compromising her principles.

About Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) was an English novelist who lived among the lower landed gentry in Hampshire, England. She was one of eight children born to an Anglican rector. She and her sister Cassandra were sent to be educated by Mrs. Ann Cawley in Oxford and Southampton, before being sent to boarding school. After the family could no longer afford to send both girls to school, they returned home. Austen continued her education at home, reading widely from the libraries of her father and uncle, Warren Hastings. She began writing poems, stories, and plays from an early age, with the full support of her family, who supplied her with paper and writing materials. She often entertained the family and other guests with readings from her works in progress, many of which would become her immensely popular novels. She continued living with her family and writing into adulthood, publishing four well-received novels in her lifetime. Tragically, she died of illness at the age of 41, before making her final revisions to her last novel, Persuasion.

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