Seven Novels. Introduction by Sarah S.G. Frantz. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2007. Seventeenth Issue. Pp 1220. Full green leather boards, with elaborate floral decoration in gilt & white. A fine copy.
The novels included in this beautiful leatherbound collection--Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan--represent all of Austen's mature work as a novelist, and provide the reader with an introduction to the world she and her memorable characters inhabited.
In a publishing career that spanned less than a decade, Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a stage from which to address issues of gender politics and class-consciousness rarely expressed in her day.