Synopses & Reviews
The first modern, fully annotated edition of the works of Jane Austen is now published complete in nine volumes. Six volumes on the published novels - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - are accompanied by two devoted to Austen's manuscripts, her brilliant juvenile writing, and the unpublished work of her adulthood. Each is edited by leading Austen scholars, and includes comprehensive information on the circumstances of the creation and publication of the work concerned, and its critical reception, together with textual and explanatory notes. To complete the set Jane Austen in Context offers a wide range of essays illuminating Austen's life, work and times. Together these volumes complete the picture - as far as we now have it - of the work of one of the greatest, as well as best-loved, British novelists.
"The excellent recent Cambridge University Press edition...is in all a work of outstanding scholarship. In addition to the text of the novel, it includes an extensive 62 page Introduction, a seven page Chronology, 59 pages of Explanatory Notes, the 'Biographical Notice of the Author' by Austen's brother Henry (which had appeared in the original publication), a transcript of the cancelled chapters of Persuasion plus a facsimile of the manuscript of the cancelled chapters. Jane Austen scholars, in particular, will be grateful for this abundance of material gathered together in one place, and will appreciate the opportunity to compare the cancelled chapters with the final published text."
Sensibilities, Beth Hanley
"This first three-volume set in Cambridge's new Austen series includes two of her best titles plus a collection of essays about her work. The novels are fully annotated and include scholarly introductions covering the context and publication history of each novel, plus explanatory notes on the texts. The series eventually will include nine volumes." -- Library Journal
"The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen performs an admirable service for readers - and particularly scholars - of Austen. It is a service that will no doubt last for generations to come." -- Editionen in der Kritik
"Need hard-pressed college libraries spend hundred of dollars on the new Cambridge Jane Austen set? The answer is yes - and the sooner the better." --Choice
"...certain to be the standard critical edition of all Austen's works." -Times Literary Supplement
The accident of death makes Persuasion Jane Austen's final novel. It deserves its position by its innovative treatment of passion and rhetorical style and its development of those themes of memory and time, public and private history, inner and outer lives, language and literature, emotion and restraint that have marked all Austen's work. Where the other works move towards a new symbolic and physical home for the heroine, Persuasion begins with her ejection and ends with her understanding that home is not a place at all but an ambiance and an acceptance of change. The volume provides comprehensive explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction covering the context and publication history of the work, a chronology of Austen's life, and an authoritative textual apparatus. This edition is an indispensable resource for all scholars and readers of Austen.
The most comprehensive scholarly edition available of Jane Austen's innovative final novel.
Jane Austen's final novel is characterised by its innovative treatment of passion and rhetorical style and its development of those themes of memory and time, public and private history, inner and outer lives, language and literature, emotion and restraint that have marked all Austen's work.
A set of all the volumes in the edition, comprising Austen's complete works and a volume of contextual essays.
This is the first fully annotated scholarly edition of Jane Austen's complete works. Each volume features an extensive introduction covering the context and publication history of the work, full explanatory notes to the text and an authoritative textual apparatus. The Cambridge Austen is the definitive edition for the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Janet Todd is Herbert JC Grierson Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen.Antje Blank is Research Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Aberdeen.
Table of Contents
Juvenilia edited by Peter Sabor; Northanger Abbey edited by Barbara Benedict and Deirdre Le Faye; Sense and Sensibility edited by Edward Copeland; Pride and Prejudice edited by John Wiltshire; Emma edited by Richard Cronin and Dorothy McMillan; Persuasion edited by Janet Todd and Antje Blank; Later manuscripts edited by Janet Todd and Linda Bree; Jane Austen in Context edited by Janet Todd.