• Jane Austen (n) an English novelist whose realism, biting social commentary and masterful use of free indirect speech, caricature, and irony have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

    Pride and Prejudice

    In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the courtship of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.

    From the Publisher: (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) "Jane Austen remains the most misunderstood of great English writers . . . Austen's is an extended, exploratory, dangerously subversive art, and is neither harmlessly decorative nor picturesquely provincial . . . [Irony] is the secret of the perfect self-sufficiency of Pride and Prejudice."from the Introduction by Peter Conrad No novel in English has given more pleasure than Pride and Prejudice. Because it is one of the great works in our literature, critics in every generation reexamine and reinterpret it. But the rest of us simply fall in love with it and with its wonderfully charming and intelligent heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. And everyone is held fast not only by the novel's romantic suspense but also by the fascinations of the world we visit. The life of the English country gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century is made as real to us as our own, not only by the author's wit and feeling but by her subtle observation of the way people behave in society and how we are true or treacherous to each other and to ourselves.

    Sense and Sensibility

    Notes: First published in 1811. Two sisters of opposing temperaments share the pangs of tragic love, and their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters, and true love finally triumphs.

    From the Publisher: For decades, people have enjoyed losing themselves in the stories of classic literary characters, including wondering about the fate of Marianne in the clutches of Mr. Willoughby. The novels of Jane Austen remain as popular, relevant, and enjoyable for the modern reader as they were for their contemporary readership, continuing to sell in the thousands. Elegantly packaged, with a textured, cloth-effect jackets, this novel will remain a must-read for generations to come.