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Elegant, sophisticated, and full of humor and romance, the novels of Jane Austen have been favorites of readers around the world for more than two centuries. Although set at the turn of the nineteenth century, in the England that she herself knew, Austen’s characters espouse values and sentiments that still speak to modern sensibilities. No author has captured so vividly the affairs of hearts in conflict with class and social convention.This volume features four of Jane Austen’s best-loved works:
- Sense and Sensibility. The Dashwood sistersElinor, Marianne, and Margaret follow their hearts and heads in varying degrees as they seek suitors appropriate for their affections.
- Pride and Prejudice. When obstinate Elizabeth Bennet clashes with the seemingly arrogant Fitzwilliam Darcy, sparks fly and eventually ignite what each must come to accept is the love of a perfectly matched couple.
- Emma. Confident and self-assured, willful Emma Woodhouse commits a series of social blunders that teach her how badly she misunderstands
her society and her own romantic yearnings.
- Persuasion. Seven years earlier Anne Elliot broke off her engagement to the man she loved. When the opportunity arises for her to renew their romance, will she overcome the social strictures that made her earlier match seem ill-conceived?
About the Author
Jane Austen (1775–1817) published her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, in 1811, and her second, Pride and Prejudice, in 1813. Mansfield Park and Emma appeared in her lifetime, and Persuasion the year after her death. Her novels are considered defining works of the Regency Era and are among the best-loved classics of English literature.
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