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4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Trove, 16 May 2012
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This review is from: Sanditon, Lady Susan & the History of England: The Juvenilia and Shorter Works of Jane Austen (Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
This is a beautiful edition of the short, unfinished novels and juvenilia of Jane Austen, including numerous works I personally hadn't even heard of. Be aware though that this hardcover is quite tiny, half the size of a normal paperback, meaning that the print is quite small. I don't normally need my glasses for reading, but I did in this case!

The wealth of material presented here is impressive. 'Sanditon', of course, is well-known as a tragically unfinished masterpiece and one feels the pang of what might have been just too keenly. The quality and maturity of writing here is on a par with 'Persuasion' and 'Mansfield Park', with an added comedic emphasis that appears to be anticipating Dickens. 'Lady Susan' and 'The Watsons' are also well-known, but this volume offers an extraordinary range of earlier less-known material, such as 'Evelyn' and 'Catharine'. The former is fascinating for its bizarreness more than anything, a very surreal and subtly disconcerting tale about selfishness and morality. 'Catherine' on the other hand is in familiar territory as a comedy of manners, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments redolent of 'Pride and Prejudice'.

And there is more, much more. A great collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIghly recommended., 9 April 2014
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This review is from: Sanditon, Lady Susan & the History of England: The Juvenilia and Shorter Works of Jane Austen (Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
I particularly like the size of this series. Pocket/handbag size. You can easily hold them in one hand . Handbag size so you can get the book out and read it wherever you are and it is not heavy in your bag.
The paper is nice and the edges are gold which makes it feel even more sumptuous. I now have the whole set of Jane Austen titles and I am delighted with them. The paper cover is the only weak bit as it is not as classy or as sophisticated as the book itself, But underneath the paper jacket is a lively deep red canvas cover which is nice. Also a lovely red tie to use as a book mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good service, 8 April 2014
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This review is from: Sanditon, Lady Susan & the History of England: The Juvenilia and Shorter Works of Jane Austen (Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
Excellent little book. I had never come across this delightful volume before, and have no hesitation in recommending this lovely work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what Amazon is for!, 30 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Sanditon, Lady Susan & the History of England: The Juvenilia and Shorter Works of Jane Austen (Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
If you go to certain bookshops in the real world, you either get people who have no idea about literature wondering who on earth classic novelists are, or ones who look at you as if you are practically illiterate if you don't know the full list of books written by a classic author. So, Amazon saves the day here and gives you a full range to scroll down to find gems like this. Lovely presentation too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen's short works, 7 July 2013
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I have wanted to read Jane Austen's short works for a while but could never find them together. Great idea in this beautiful little book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Jaqne Austen, 2 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Sanditon, Lady Susan & the History of England: The Juvenilia and Shorter Works of Jane Austen (Collector's Library) (Hardcover)
This is a beautiful little volume. It gives an interesting insight into Jane Austen's early production, starting in her early teens.
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