Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a platform from
which to address issues of gender politics and class consciousness among the
British middle-class of the late eighteenth century. The novels included in the
collection - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma,
Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan - represent all of Austen's
complete novels, and provide the reader with an entrance into the world she and
her memorable characters inhabited.
With witty, unflinching morality, Austen portrays English middle-class life as
the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began.
Austen's heroines find happiness in many forms, each of the