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About Jane Austen
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.
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Among the writers who have approached nearest to the manner of the great master, we have no hesitation in placing Jane Austen. —Thomas Macaulay
‘Pride and Prejudice’ is the best novel in the language. —Anthony Trollope
I used to think that men did everything better than women, but that was before I read Jane Austen. I don’t think any man ever wrote better than Jane Austen. —Rex Stout
Elizabeth Bennet has but to speak, and I am at her knees. —Robert Louis Stevenson
Read again, and for the third time at least, Miss Austen’s very finely written novel of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with. —Sir Walter Scott
- Lady Susan
- Sense and Sensibility
- Pride and Prejudice
- Mansfield Park
- Northanger Abbey
- The Watsons
Pride and Prejudice, one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold, was written by Jane Austen in 1813. This comedy of manners set in the English countryside follows the vivacious, opinionated heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, as she learns about the repercussions of first impressions and the difference between superficial and actual goodness. Her father, Mr. Bennet, has a problem. He has five unmarried daughters and no sons. Since his wife lacks an inheritance and his property can only be passed to a male heir, his family will become penniless upon his death. Thus, at least one of the girls must marry well in order to support the others. Their mother’s sharp eye is constantly seeking that wealthy single man even though her daughters aren’t totally on board with marrying anyone flung at them.
When a wealthy and sociable young gentleman, Charles Bingley, rents a nearby manor, the opportunity to find husbands presents itself. His handsome, intelligent, yet arrogant and somewhat socially awkward friend, the aristocratic landowner Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, is repeatedly forced into the company of Bennet’s independent-minded daughter Elizabeth, who must overcome the prejudice of her first impression and open herself up to the idea of a romance between the two.
Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles throughout as many subtle shades of pride do battle with countless layers of prejudice in this ultimate "happy ever after" tale.
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The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second "bloom".
Jane Austen’s stories of clever women, elusive love, and social mores have struck a chord with millions of fans who consider her work compelling, heartwarming, and essential. Adapted time and again for screen and stage, these enduring classics remain as enjoyable as ever, and are the perfect addition to every home library. This edition includes all of Austen’s novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion and Lady Susan.
“Emma” abounds in the droll character sketches at which Jane Austen excelled. In addition to the well-intentional heroine and her hypochondriacal father, the village of Highbury during the Regency period is populated by an amusing circle of friends and family — kindhearted but tedious Miss Bates, a chatterbox spinster; ambitious Mr. Elton, a social-climbing parson; Frank Churchill, an enigmatic Romeo; Mr. Knightley, Emma’s brother-in-law and the voice of her better nature; and a cluster of other finely drawn, unforgettable personalities.
The author’s skill at depicting the follies of human nature in a manner both realistic and affectionate elevates this tale of provincial matchmaking to the heights of scintillating satire.
Of all great writers, Jane Austen is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness. —Virginia Woolf
Jane Austen’s masterpiece. —Rex Stout
Jane Austen is my favourite author! I read and reread, the mouth open and the mind closed. —E. M. Forster
How could these novels ever seem remote... the gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished, as comedies they are irresistibly and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be. —Eudora Welty
It is the cleverest of books. I especially love the dialogue — every speech reveals the characters’ obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural... absolutely gripping. —Susannah Clarke
Orgullo y prejuicio es la más famosa de las novelas de Jane Austen. Se publicó por primera vez el 28 de enero de 1813 como una obra anónima, sin que figurara el nombre de su autora. Es una de las primeras comedias románticas en la historia de la novela y su primera frase es una de las más famosas en la Literatura inglesa: Es una verdad universalmente reconocida que todo hombre soltero, poseedor de una gran fortuna, necesita esposa.
Es una novela de desarrollo o educación personal, en la que las dos figuras principales, Elizabeth Bennet y Fitzwilliam Darcy, cada uno a su manera y, no obstante, de forma muy parecida, deben madurar para superar algunas crisis, aprender de sus errores para poder encarar el futuro en común, superando el orgullo de clase de Darcy y los prejuicios de Elizabeth hacia él.
La novela describe poco más de un año en la vida de un pequeño grupo de jóvenes en el campo cerca de Londres en el cambio de siglo, (del XVIII al XIX) reinando Jorge III. En el centro de esta sociedad se encuentra la adorable y muy alocada familia Bennet, con sus cinco hijas casaderas, de entre 15 y 23 años. La señora Bennet ve al matrimonio como única esperanza para sus hijas pues a la muerte del señor Bennet las jóvenes quedaran abandonadas a su suerte cuando el señor Collins (heredero de todo debido a que la propiedad está vinculada) tome posesión. El vínculo, especie de fideicomiso, implica que sólo se transmite por la línea masculina, de manera que al fallecimiento del padre, la madre y las hijas perderán la mayor parte de la fortuna. La Sra. Bennet está muy emocionada por las noticias de la llegada de un hombre soltero "de considerable fortuna" al vecindario: Charles Bingley. El Sr. Bingley ha alquilado la finca Netherfield donde planea establecerse temporalmente con sus dos hermanas, la Srta. Bingley y la Sra. Hurst, así como su cuñado, el Sr. Hurst. La señora Bennet espera casar a alguna de sus hijas con el señor Bingley.
Poco después, Bingley y su grupo, que ahora incluye a su amigo íntimo, Fitzwilliam Darcy, acuden a un baile público en el pueblo de Meryton. Al principio, Darcy suscita admiración debido a su elegante figura y sus ingresos de 10.000 libras al año. No obstante, rápidamente los vecinos lo consideran orgulloso, alguien que los desprecia como socialmente inferiores. De hecho así lo considera la familia Bennet, cuando Elizabeth Bennet oye a Darcy declinar la sugerencia de Bingley de que la saque a bailar, pues no la encuentra suficientemente hermosa para merecer su atención. Este comentario la hiere en su orgullo y aprovecha cualquier ocasión para hacer uso de su ingenio, permitiéndose ironías que bordean lo admisible en una joven. Bingley, por su parte, resulta muy agradable. Baila con varias de las jóvenes disponibles en el lugar, pero desde el principio muestra una decidida admiración por Jane Bennet, la mayor de las hermanas. Deseosa de animar esta unión tan ventajosa, la Sra. Bennet intenta forzar que Jane y Bingley se puedan encontrar juntos.
- Pride and Prejudice
- Sense and Sensibility
- Mansfield Park