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Jane Austen: The Complete Collection (With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition

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Length: 1924 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 5099 KB
  • Print Length: 1924 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford Park Books (February 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037KN05C
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Though the domain of Jane Austen's novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her family's entertainment. As a clergyman's daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. At twenty-one, she began a novel called "The First Impressions" an early version of Pride and Prejudice. In 1801, on her father's retirement, the family moved to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby, Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austen's identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.

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This is exactly the type of collection that makes the Kindle such a hit. It contains all the finished works of Austen, nicely laid out and all in one place. I'm not sure what one of the other reviewers was talking about when he said there were no chapter links because there are, and they work correctly. As yet another reviewer observed, the page layouts are clean and attractive, not always the case when large volumes of literature that will never make huge profits are ported to the Kindle or other book readers.

For Austen fans, having this collection at their fingertips will be more than worth the tiny cost. Highly recommended.
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REVISED 05-06-13: My initial inclination was to rate this set 4 or 5 stars until I realized it TOTALLY and consistently ignored Austen's use of italics in all her major works. Where Austen italicized a word for emphasis, this Bedford edition doesn't do so. Nor does it use all caps to equal italics, nor even before-and-after underlines (_like this_) the way some other editions do. When this was priced at only a dollar, some readers might have been willing to overlook this defect (if they were even aware of it), but now that the price has doubled to $1.99 (the same price as 2 superior editions in the Kindle Store), one shouldn't have to. I consider this a serious enough flaw to rate this Bedford edition only 2 stars (and as a fan of Jane Austen, I was sorely tempted to even rate it one lower).

Some readers of this review may wonder why I consider this worthy of criticism. I do because Austen (whose wonderful works rate 5+ stars) was a true wordsmith; she meant precisely what she wrote and the manner in which she wrote it. The words she chose to emphasize contribute to the way she intended her stories to be read and understood. Since she is not excessive in her use of italics, when she does so it is significant to the precise nuance or witticism she is trying to put across. That's why it IS a big deal. Without italics, something of Austen is lost. Reputable print editions all have them; why not all ebook versions? Why not THIS one?

Except for this defect the Bedford Park edition provides easy access to each title and to the chapters within each title. It provides the finished and unfinished novels plus a sampling of juvenilia.
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It's great to get all these novels on Kindle for 99 cents. But be aware that they are filled with typos - the kind that a spell-checker can't catch. At least that's true in Sense and Sensibility, the only one I've read so far. There's a typo on roughly every 4th or 5th page. But it can be fun to try to figure out what the word(s) should be from the context. Some are not very obvious.
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Jane Austen. Her name is practically synonymous with classic, understated romance, as well as comedies of manners with a subtle, sly sense of humor. And "Jane Austen: The Complete Collection" brings together the full complement of Austen's, from her little-known nonfiction to the classic bestseller "Pride and Prejudice" (and everything in between) -- lots of lovably flawed heroines, beautiful formal prose, and some rather unconventional love stories.

The collection includes Austen's most famous six novels, which explore love, societal demands, honor and independent thought -- a girl meddling in people's lives, two sisters with completely different romantic approaches, an "old maid" whose fiance returns to England, a poor relation whose moral standards are challenges, a hyper-romantic gothic-novel fan whose imagination runs amuck, and a slow-blooming love between a proud man and a prejudiced woman.

That's normally where people's acquaintance with Austen ends. But she actually wrote a number of other things -- a brilliantly manipulative widow who seduces, plots and schemes; her "History of England"; two unfinished novels, "The Watsons" and "Sanditon"; some letters; and some bits of her juvenalia, including some funny early spoofs and her "scraps."

This collection displays the range and depth of Austen's writing skill beautifully; though each story is very unique they're laced together by common themes. Her main novels are all love stories, tempered with some clever commentary on the society of Austen's day (example: entailment), and a biting, sharp-edged wit. But we also see her more openly comedic side ("Love and Freindship," a parody she wrote early on).
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Jane Austen was a precocious writer, experimenting with her own style as a young girl. As an adult, she wrote some priceless classics of English literature which are still popular today; many have the transition to film and television. This Kindle collection gathers together pretty much all of her surviving writings.

First, there are her six completed novels, including the incomparable "Pride and Prejudice." Next are two novels she started but never completed: "The Watsons" and "Sanditon." The four surviving juvenile works include the surprisingly frank and sophisticated "Lady Susan." Finally, her surviving personal letters are presented here, providing unique insights into a short life and the fascinating person that was Miss Jane Austen.

This collection reveals Jane Austen to be a skilled writer with keen powers of observation married to a sense of humor, who worked hard to master her craft and who clearly succeeded. Her novels remain highly readable and absolutely entertaining. "Jane Austen: The Complete Collection" is very highly recommended to her fans.
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