One abandoned, one unfinished, these short works show Jane Austen equally at home with romance and with social change. In The Watsons, Mr. Watson is a widowed clergyman with four daughters in search of a husband or two. In Sanditon, Mr. Parker hopes to turn a fishing village into a stylish seaside resort. In true Austen fashion, these tales are touching, funny, charming, and sharp.
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About the Author
Jane Austen(1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.
Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.
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
Education:Taught at home by her father