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Sanditon and Other Stories

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780679447191
Author(s): Jane Austen
Format: Hardcover
Year: 1996
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Dimensions: 136 x 212 x 32 (w x l x h)
Pages: 544
Series: Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics

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Readers of Jane Austen's six great novels are left hungering for more, and more there is: the marvelous unpublished manuscripts she left behind, collected here.
"Sanditon "might have been Austen's greatest novel had she lived to finish it. Its subject matter astonishes: here is Austen observing the birth pangs of the culture of commerce, as her country-bred heroine, a foolish baronet, a family of hypochondriacs, and a mysterious West Indian heiress collide against the background hum of real-estate development at a seaside resort.
"The Watsons," begun in 1804 but never completed, tells the story of a young woman who was raised by a rich aunt and who finds herself shipped back to the comparative poverty and social clumsiness of her own family.
The novella "Lady Susan" is a miniature masterpiece, featuring Austen's only villainous protagonist. Lady Susan's subtle, single-minded, and ruthless pursuit of power makes the reader regret that Austen never again wrote a novel with a scheming widow for its heroine.
The special joy of this collection lies in Austen's juvenilia-tiny novels, the enchantingly funny "Love and Freindship," comic fragments, and a (very) partial history of England-romping miniatures that she wrote in her teens. Their high spirits, hilarity, and control offer delicious p
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