Author(s): Jane Austen
This title comes with an introduction by Amanda Vickery. The Vintage Classics Austen series is designed by the writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by some of our finest contemporary writers and Austen fans: Alexander McCall Smith, Lynne Truss, Amanda Vickery, Francesca Segal, P.D. James and Andrew Motion. "The most perfect artist among women, the writer whose books are immortal". (Virginia Woolf). Fanny Price's rich relatives offer her a place in their home so that she can be properly brought up. However, Fanny's childhood is a lonely one as she is never allowed to forget her position. Her only ally is her cousin Edmund. When her cousins befriend two glamorous new young people who have arrived in the area, Henry and Mary Crawford, Edmund starts to grow close to Mary and Fanny finds herself dealing with feelings she has never experienced before.
Part of the Vintage Classics Austen Series: all six of Jane Austen's major novels, beautifully designed by writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by our finest contemporary writers
"Full of the energies of discord - sibling rivalry, greed, ambition, illicit sexual passion, and vanity" -- Margaret Drabble "Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire" -- J.K. Rowling "Jane Austen at her most genteelly ascerbic" The Times "Austen looks at her world with a cool, undressing gaze...she is a formidable opponent of hypocrisy and sentimentality" Observer
Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16 December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818. Amanda Vickery is a prize-winning author, lecturer and reviewer. She writes and presents history documentaries for television and radio. Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. http://leanneshapton.com/