Austen, Jane

Austen, Jane
The world famous Regency novelist. Austen wrote six novels, all of them classics. In each she documents with a wry humour the daily world and preoccupations of the English Landed Gentry. A continuous circus of marriage and property which Austen relates with such wit and realism that the books have stood the test of time better than any of her contemporaries. Austen is very modern and very much approachable. The books were hesitantly received to begin with, Austen seems to have relied on a friend of her brother's who mainly published military books, Egerton to publish her first novel 'Sense and Sensibility in 1811. She published another five. The editions were modest, two thousand copies but sold reasonably well and entered second and subsequent editions during her lifetime. But it was not until the Standard Bentley editions of 1833 that her reputation began its climb into the rarified reaches it inhabits today. Of course all the novels have been filmed several times over as each generation discovers her. The original editions are rare and important and correspondingly expensive. Bibliographically the first editions are quite straight forward. Premiums are restricted mainly to half titles and original drab paper boards as issued.
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