The Complete Novels: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

The Complete Novels: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

by Jane Austen, Karen Joy Fowler

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Now in Penguin Classics Deluxe: a treasure trove of Jane Austen's novels

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.


A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps and luxurious packaging


Features the definitive Penguin Classics texts recommended by the Jane Austen Society


New introduction by bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440649363
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1088
Sales rank: 642,761
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

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 are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (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.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England


Taught at home by her father

Table of Contents

Introduction viiSense and Sensibility 3
Pride and Prejudice 179
Mansfield Park 363
Emma 587
Northanger Abbey 817
Persuasion 931
Lady Susan 1051

What People are Saying About This

Harold. Bloom

"To me, as an American critic, Emma seems the most Englilsh of English novels....It is Austin's masterpiece, the largest triumph of her vigorous art."

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The Complete Novels 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
GaryKbookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No one can beat Jane Austen when you are looking for a good book to read!
hannahj26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Austen and this is a nice collection. It looks nice on the shelf and it's a good size.
rlbaxter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read everthing by Jane Austen, and for a while was a bit obsessed. I loved Pride and Prejudice, as well as Emma, but I also enjoyed Northanger Abby, not one of her most popular.
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SpokaneTrish More than 1 year ago
In my Austin journey I started out with an annotated version of Pride and Prejudice, which was good for a Austin virgin...but after that I wanted to experience her without any help. This is all her stories, and each is as different as the "cookie cutter" stories here! Wow, Lady Susan...who knew Austin could write that kind of character? The book has some shorts falls to it...such as the pages are not trimmed completely, and it is heavier them I expected...but the back cover has this very handy flap you can use for the book marker--for the money this well worth all the reading pleasure inside the covers!
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clemmy More than 1 year ago
What I love most is that you have all that Jane has to offer in one nicely weighted volume. I personally love large books, and even for people who don't this is far more efficient than having a separate book taking up space on your shelf, unless, of course, you don't like all of Jane's novels. Okay, I admit I am so not a fan of Northanger Abbey - I prefer the spunky heroines to the blah ones whose heroes are far more interesting, but it was still a nice perspective on the time in which Jane lived. Jane is also a refreshing contrast to, oh, say, the Brontes. That was actually why I started with Emma in the first place - Heathcliff and Cathy were going to make my head explode with the complete rendition of their childhood. Back on subject, though, this is also very sturdy for being a paperback, so as long as you're not one of those people who insists on breaking the spines of books, it should hold up nicely to all other customary abuse.
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Hey, I love this book with all the Jane Austen's books in it. A great gift for any old english lovers.