Favorite Jane Austen Novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion

ISBN-10: 0486297489
ISBN-13: 9780486297484
Edition: Unabridged 
Authors: Jane Austen
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Description: 3 of the author’s most popular works—widely admired for their satiric wit, subtlety and perfection of style—brilliantly recreate the provincial world of the early 19th-century English countryside, focusing, respectively, on husband-hunting mothers  More...

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List price: $8.00
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/7/1997
Binding: Box or Slipcased 
Pages: 800
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

3 of the author’s most popular works—widely admired for their satiric wit, subtlety and perfection of style—brilliantly recreate the provincial world of the early 19th-century English countryside, focusing, respectively, on husband-hunting mothers and daughters, the humbling of proud lovers, and the return of a once-rejected lover.

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.

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