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Jane Austen

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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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The Annotated Emma

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 928 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $17.95

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Emma that makes her beloved tale of an endearingly inept matchmaker an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,200 annotations on facing pages, including:

-Explanations of... Read more >
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The Annotated Emma

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: eBook, 700 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Annotated Northanger Abbey

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: eBook, 500 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $9.99

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The Annotated Northanger Abbey

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.95

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey that makes her lighthearted satire of the gothic novel an even more satisfying read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 1,200 annotations on facing pages, including:

—Explanations of... Read more >
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The Annotated Persuasion

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: eBook, 600 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 2, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Annotated Persuasion

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95

Dedicated Jane Austen fans often cite Persuasion as their favorite Austen novel after Pride and Prejudice. With its thousands of annotations, The Annotated Persuasion is a real find for all those who are drawn back time and again to this gem of a novel–as well as incredibly helpful to students or... Read more >
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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice
A Revised and Expanded Edition
Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: eBook, 800 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $9.99

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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice (Interactive Edition)

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: eBook, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $9.99

The first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world—now in an interactive eBook version—that will engage students and delight fans of Jane Austen. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations, hundreds of illustrations, and multiple interactive features, including:

Annotations:
More than 2,500... Read more >

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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice
A Revised and Expanded Edition
Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $17.95

This Revised and Expanded Edition contains hundreds of new notes and illustrations.

The first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations on facing pages, including:
•... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Annotated Sense and Sensibility

Written by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard


Format: eBook, 700 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 2, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Annotated Sense and Sensibility

Written by Jane Austen
Edited by David M. Shapard


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that makes this tale of two sisters in love an even more enjoyable read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,000 annotations on facing pages, including:

-Explanations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Volume 2
Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
Written by Jane Austen


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 5, 1992
Price: $23.95

Perhaps the best loved of all English novelists. She addresses the politics, dating and courtship with an incisive intelligence that both foreshadows and outsrips many of the romantic novels of today. Read more >
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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Volume 2
Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
Written by Jane Austen


Format: eBook, 736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 20, 2012
Price: $2.99

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Also available as a hardcover.

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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Volume I
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park
Written by Jane Austen


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 5, 1992
Price: $23.95

Perhaps the best loved of all English novelists. She addresses the politics, dating and courtship with an incisive intelligence that both foreshadows and outsrips many of the romantic novels of today. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; Pride and Prejudice; Sanditon and Other Stories; Sense and Sensibility
Written by Jane Austen


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $148.00

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Emma

Written by Jane Austen


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $9.95

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. So begins Jane Austen's comic masterpiece Emma. In Emma, Austen's prose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Emma

Written by Jane Austen


Format: Hardcover, 552 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $20.00

Introduction by Marilyn Butler

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. So begins Jane Austen's comic masterpiece Emma. In... Read more >
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Emma

Written by Jane Austen


Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1984
Price: $4.95

Emma (1816) is Jane Austen's most characteristic work. Written with irony, wit, and faultless control, it is both a novel of intense emotional power and a comic masterpiece. Convinced that she understands the world, Emma rules over her invalid father and the small social circle of Highbury with well-meaning tyranny. But... Read more >
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Emma

Written by Jane Austen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $1.99

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Emma

Written by Jane Austen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $2.99

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Emma

Written by Jane Austen
Introduction by A. Walton Litz


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $8.00

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. So begins Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece Emma. In Emma, Austen’s prose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Mansfield Park

Written by Jane Austen


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $7.95

Through Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen views the social mores of her day and contemplates human nature itself. A shy and sweet-tempered girl adopted by wealthy relations, Fanny is an outsider looking in on an unfamiliar, and often inhospitable, world. But Fanny eventually wins the affection of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Mansfield Park

Written by Jane Austen
Introduction by Carol Shields


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $8.00

Through Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen views the social mores of her day and contemplates human nature itself. A shy and sweet-tempered girl adopted by wealthy relations, Fanny is an outsider looking in on an unfamiliar, and often inhospitable, world. But Fanny eventually wins the affection of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Mansfield Park

Written by Jane Austen


Format: Hardcover, 536 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $26.00

Introduction by Peter Conrad


Through Fanny Price, the heroine of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen views the social mores of her day and contemplates human nature itself. A shy and sweet-tempered girl adopted by wealthy relations, Fanny is an outsider looking in on an unfamiliar, and often inhospitable, world. But Fanny eventually wins... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Mansfield Park

Written by Jane Austen


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1983
Price: $4.95

Begun in 1811 at the height of Jane Austen's writing powers and published in 1814, Mansfield Park is her most profound novel.  Fanny Price is unlike any of Austen's previous heroines, a girl from a poor family brought up in a splendid country house and possessed of a vast reserve of moral... Read more >
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