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Jane Austen

Bio: 17751817, English novelist. The daughter of a clergyman, she spent the first 25 years of her life at "Steventon," her father's Hampshire vicarage. Here her first novels, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey, were written, although they were not published until much later. On her father's retirement in 1801, the family moved to Bath for several years and then to Southampton, settling finally at Chawton Cottage, near Alton, Hampshire, which was Jane's home for the rest of her life. Northanger Abbey, a satire on the Gothic romance, was sold to a publisher for 10 in 1803, but as it was not published, was bought back by members of the family and was finally issued posthumously.

The novels published in Austen's lifetime were Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816). Persuasion was issued in 1818 with Northanger Abbey. The author's name did not appear on any of her title pages, and although her own friends knew of her authorship, she received little public recognition in her lifetime. Jane Austen's novels are comedies of manners that depict the self-contained world of provincial ladies and gentlemen. Most of her works revolve around the delicate business of providing husbands for marriageable daughters. She is particularly noted for her vivid delineations and lively interplay of character, her superb sense of comic irony, and her moral firmness. She ridicules the silly, the affected, and the stupid, ranging in her satire from light portraiture in her early works to more scornful exposures in her later novels. Her writing was subjected to the most careful polishing. She was quite aware of her special excellences and limitations, comparing herself to a miniaturist. Today she is regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Her minor works include her Juvenilia, the novel Lady Susan, and the fragments The Watsons and Sanditon.


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1 Emma [Secure eReader]
by Jane Austen
  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. (Published: 2005)
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2 Emma [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Emma Woodhouse thinks she is a natural matchmaker but, in the opinion of George Knightley, her brother-in-law, she is little more than a meddler. See Emma make hash out of people's prospects, lives, and social standing This book is a fascinating glimpse into the marriage market of early 19th-century England. From THE original Regency Romance writer! (Published: 2006)

Words: 157477 - Reading Time: 449-629 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance
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3 Emma (Coscom Blue Banner Classics) [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Emma loves to play matchmaker between those she cares about, and after her success matching her governess with Mr. Weston, she decides her next project will be her friend Harriet Smith. But first, she must convince Harriet that Mr. Elton is indeed the man for her. However, everything changes when the very man she is trying to link up with Harriet actually cares a great deal about her instead. To further complicate things, Emma soon finds herself taken with her friend Mr. Knightley, a man she or... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 157776 - Reading Time: 450-631 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance

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4 Emma and the Werewolves: Jane Austen's Classic Novel with Blood-curdling Lycanthropy [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen, Adam Rann
  Beware the howls in the darkness and the light of the full moon ...As the ever headstrong Miss Emma Woodhouse schemes and plots as matchmaker, a dark and deadly terror descends upon Highbury. A series of bestial murders fills the residents with fear as the ever mysterious Mr. Knightley leads a secret life, unknown to all, combating evils not of this Earth.Carnage and destruction reign throughout the land, and though the residents of Highbury try to attend to day-to-day matters as civilly as poss... more info>> (Published: 2009)

Words: 177637 - Reading Time: 507-710 min.
Category: Horror/Classic Literature
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5 Love and Friendship [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  A collection of the early stories of novelist Jane Austen, including fragments of a play, and two fragmentary novels. (Published: 1857)

Words: 33446 - Reading Time: 95-133 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance
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6 Mansfield Park (Coscom Blue Banner Classics) [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Poor Fanny Price, raised by her aunt and uncle and growing up with her four cousins, is always treated as if she doesn't measure up. The only one who seems to appreciate her is her cousin Edmund . . . and she's fallen for him. When Henry and Mary Crawford come to Mansfield Park, the stage is set for a series of romantic adventures. Also, Mary and Edmund get along quite well and Fanny fears that she'll ending up capturing Edmund's heart. To make matters worse, it's decided the young folks put o... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 159829 - Reading Time: 456-639 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance

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7 Northanger Abbey (Coscom Blue Banner Classics) [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Gothic novel reader Catherine Morland is invited to the resort town of Bath to take part in the winter season of balls, and other fun. It is there she meets Henry Tilney, with whom she shares a dance and talks. But then the young man disappears, leaving Catherine alone. Her friend Isabella's brother, John, arrives, is taken with her and pursues her. In a surprise move, Henry comes back to Bath and his family invites Catherine to stay with them for a few weeks at their home, Northanger Abbey. Th... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 77387 - Reading Time: 221-309 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance

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8 Persuasion (Coscom Blue Banner Classics) [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Anne Elliot fell in love with Frederick Wentworth when she was young and the two got engaged. However, persuaded by Lady Russell, Anne broke off the engagement with the penniless Frederick, the hope being someone more affluent would come along. Now, eight years later, Anne is still alone, when lo and behold Frederick re-enters her life. But this man is no longer the poor man she once knew, but instead has amassed a considerable sum capturing enemy vessels during the war. The problem is Frederic... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 83568 - Reading Time: 238-334 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance

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9 Pride and Prejudice [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp--but always polite--18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up? (Published: 2006)

Words: 121796 - Reading Time: 347-487 min.
Category: Classic Literature
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10 Pride and Prejudice [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Pride and Prejudice is the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet (minor gentry), their five daughters, and the various romantic adventures at their Hertfordshire residence of Longbourn. The parents' characters are greatly contrasted: Mr Bennet being a wise and witty gentleman; while Mrs Bennet is permanently distracted by the issue of marrying off her daughters at any cost. The reason for Mrs Bennet's obsession is that their estate will pass by law after Mr Bennet's death to his closest blood relative: his... more info>> (Published: 1813)

Words: 121943 - Reading Time: 348-487 min.
Category: Classic Literature
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11 Pride and Prejudice (Coscom Blue Banner Classics) [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  In a rush to see her daughters married, Mrs. Bennet hopes the girls don't dally too long in finding suitable gentlemen for themselves. Centering on the romantic exploits of the Bennet daughters, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine and Lydia, the interactions of men and women are whimsically displayed with passion and wit from esteemed regency-era romance author, Jane Austen. Mr. Bingley is drawn to Jane and things seem to be going well. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy upsets Elizabeth so she takes it upon he... more info>> (Published: 2011)

Words: 121837 - Reading Time: 348-487 min.
Category: Romance/Classic Literature

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12 Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
  Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mi... more info>>
Category: Classic Literature

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13 Sense and Sensibility [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Had this book been written today, the title might have been Sense and Sensuality, but Regency authors were much more circumspect. The title refers to the two eldest Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, one of whom (Elinor) embraces practicality and restraint while the other (Marianne) gives her whole heart to every endeavor. When the Dashwoods--are sent, almost impoverished, to a small cottage in Devonshire after the death of their father and the machinations of their brother's wife, they acce... more info>> (Published: 2006)

Words: 118729 - Reading Time: 339-474 min.
Category: Romance/Classic Literature
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14 Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
by Jane Austen
  From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem.   Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secret... more info>>
Category: Horror

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15 The First Jane Austin Omnibus: Sense and Sensibility; Mansfield Park; Persuasion [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Three Timeless Romances! Sense and Sensibility is the classic tale of the romances of the Dashwood sisters in their search for happiness. Mansfield Park is another masterful Austen novel of misunderstood hearts seeking each other through the complications and confusions of their lives, an exploration of the themes of faith and constancy and the threat that city ways can pose to simpler ways of life. Persuasion is a gripping of romance, packed with irony, wit, and powerful characters that tells t... more info>>

Words: 361443 - Reading Time: 1032-1445 min.
Category: Classic Literature
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16 Three Later Austen Works [Secure eReader]
by Jane Austen
  Three later works by the prominent late 18th/early 19th Century British writer Jane Austen (1775-1817): Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816), and Persuasion (1817).
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