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Subject: Jane Austen fans--I need your help
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:23 PM ET
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I recently finished reading the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy and it rekindled my love of Jane Austen. I'd really like to collect a set of her novels, but I know there are tons of her books out there. Are there any particular publishers who have nice versions of her novels? This is one time I'd like to get everything to match because I want to keep them. I'm willing to put things on my wishlist if necessary. I'd like these books to last since I will reread them.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:09 PM ET
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I always liked the Penguin editions. They have really good portraits on the covers and excellent introductory essays. (I liked them so much, I bought the collected essays by, IIRC, Tony Tanner.)

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:18 PM ET
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I don't know how you'd feel about volume sets, but I have these, and they are really nice.  They are WLed though.  I found the first one at a UBS and WLed the second one and got it within a few months.

Volume 1

Volume 2



Last Edited on: 1/6/10 6:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:45 PM ET
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Lesley, your links have too many https. lol Here they are again-

 

Volume 1

Volume II

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:46 PM ET
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LOL Rose, I was just fixing that when you replied!

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 7:58 PM ET
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You might want to check this out... Barnes & Noble has published their own editions of several classics, including books by Jane Austen. They have hardcovers, softcover trade-size, and a single leather-bound with 7 of her novels. What's really nice is that they're inexpensive... (the leather-bound anthology is less than $20). I haven't gotten any of their Austen books, but I did get a few others, including Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The foreword, written by an Alcott expert, was interesting and informative. Their books are not abridged.

Barnes & Noble Austen search results

Colleen

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Thank you all for the responses. I don't have time to really look at everything this evening but I'm going to start doing my research. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 11:16 AM ET
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I agree with Colleen. I've always thought the B&N editions were nicer than most, and they have several options. The forwards are always well-written, too.