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"R.W. Chapman's high quality new version has, between its different advantages, the benefit of waking the Jane Austenite up.... The novels proceed to stay their very own awesome inner life...freshened and enriched through touch with the lifetime of evidence. His illustrations are past all praise."--E.M. Forster, Abinger Harvest.

This appealing set offers the definitive textual content of Austen's six nice comedian masterpieces and her minor works (the latter contain 3 high-spirited efforts written at approximately age fifteen; an enthralling fragment, The Watsons, which has been regarded as a caricature for Emma; and a tantalizing fragment, Sanditon, written within the final yr of her life). All six volumes function correct early 19th-century illustrations in addition to Chapman's unique explanatory notes. Chapman has collated the entire variants released within the author's lifetime and formerly unpublished manuscripts, setting up an authoritative textual content that keeps the punctuation, the spelling, and department into volumes of the originals. additionally, on the finish of every paintings he offers notes on textual concerns and appendixes on such concerns because the modes of deal with, or characters, or carriages and trip, as those appear warranted via the textual content. extra alterations were included by means of Mary Lascelles.

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