The Complete Works of Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady ... Sandition, and the Complete Juvenilia

The Complete Works of Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady ... Sandition, and the Complete Juvenilia

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Synopsis

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work "her own darling child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England. Among the writers who have approached nearest to the manner of the great master, we have no hesitation in placing Jane Austen. —Thomas Macaulay 'Pride and Prejudice' is the best novel in the language. —Anthony Trollope I used to think that men did everything better than women, but that was before I read Jane Austen. I don't think any man ever wrote better than Jane Austen. —Rex Stout Elizabeth Bennet has but to speak, and I am at her knees. —Robert Louis Stevenson Read again, and for the third time at least, Miss Austen's very finely written novel of 'Pride and Prejudice.' That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with. —Sir Walter Scott

Redhouse

Jane Austen (Steventon, 16 de diciembre de 1775 – Winchester, 18 de julio de 1817) fue una destacada novelista británica que vivió durante el período de la Regencia. La ironía que emplea para dotar de comicidad a sus novelas hace que Jane Austen sea contada entre los «clásicos» de la novela inglesa, a la vez que su recepción va, incluso en la actualidad, más allá del interés académico, siendo leídas por un público más amplio.
Ha sido llevada al cine en diferentes ocasiones, algunas veces reproducidas de forma fiel, como el clásico Más fuerte que el orgullo de 1940 dirigido por Robert Z. Leonard y protagonizada por Greer Garson y Laurence Olivier y en otras haciendo adaptaciones a la época actual, como es el caso de Clueless, adaptación libre de Emma, o bien Sentido y sensibilidad, de 1995; Mansfield Park, de 2000, y las versiones de Orgullo y prejuicio en 2004 (dirigida por Gurinder Chadha) y en 2005 (dirigida por Joe Wright). El interés que la obra de Jane Austen sigue despertando hoy en día muestra la vigencia de su pensamiento y la influencia que ha tenido en la literatura posterior.