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NAX20212 - AUSTEN, J.: Jane Austen Collection (The), Vol. 1 (10-CD set) (Abridged)
English 

The Works of Jane Austen

The Works of Jane Austen

Volume 1

Emma • Mansfield Park • Northanger Abbey

PLUS

Jane Austen: A Biography

Read by Juliet Stevenson & Teresa Gallagher

 

Each of the great novels by Jane Austen are distinguished by their heroines, and here, in Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Emma, we see three very different characters.

 

In Northanger Abbey, When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman’s daughter, longs for mystery and romance - a desire spurred by her reading of the fashionable Gothic novels. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn. However, the truth turns out to be even stranger than fiction...

 

In Mansfield Park, at the tender age of ten, Fanny Price is ‘adopted’ by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role...

 

In Emma, the arrogant, self-willed and egotistical, Emma Woodhouse is Jane Austen’s most unusual heroine. Her interfering ways and inveterate matchmaking are at once shocking and comic, and precipitates herself and her immediate circle into a web of misunderstanding and intrigue, from which no one emerges unchanged...

 

The most intriguing heroine of them all, however, was Jane Austen herself, and in her classic biography, Elizabeth Jenkins shows how often the settings and characters mirrored the writer’s own life in Hampshire.

 


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