Sir Walter Elliot, de Kellynch-Hall, dans le comté de Somerset, n'avait jamais touché un livre pour son propre amusement, si ce n'est le livre héraldique. Là il trouvait de l'occupation dans les heures de désoeuvre- ment, et de la consolation dans les heures de chagrin. Devant ces vieux parchemins, il éprouvait un sentiment de respect et d'admiration. Là, toutes les sensations désagréables provenant des affaires domestiques se changeaient en pitié et en mépris.
[Coralie Bickford-Smith's] recent work for Penguin Classics is...nothing short of glorious - Anna Cole
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. She was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was initially rejected by the publisher she submitted it to and eventually published in 1813 after much revision. All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.