Sanditon, Hardback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is a dazzling collection of early stories and later fragments which throw an entirely new light on Jane Austen.

In particular, they reveal a precociously brilliant genius with a talent for broad comedy and even farce.

Most of the pieces in this collection are very funny indeed, and several - including the novella Lady Susan and the unfinished novel Sandition are also neglected masterpieces.

Other material includes the celebrated History Of England, poems, prayers, the Plan of a Novel, etc.

The volume is arranged in two parts, with the mature stories in Part 1 edited for easy reading, and the juvenilia collected by Austen herself presented exactly as she wrote them in Part 2.

It includes everything she wrote apart from letters and the six famous novels, and is the final volume in the complete Everyman edition of her works now available in seven uniform volumes.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781857152258



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As someone who has enjoyed Austen's other works, I bought Sanditon with high hopes of further enjoyment, even if the stories it contained were unedited or incomplete.What I found inside did seem to be a collection of everything else that Austen had ever written that had managed to survive her family's purge. The novels are okay, but not much better than that. One was very incomplete, without even any notes as to what the intended ending to the story may have been. Another was also incomplete but came with a family member's admission of what Austen had planned to do in the finish of the story. The third was finished, and interesting in that it was epistolary in its whole which is a different style than I'm used to with Austen's works.The second half of the novel is comprised of her juvenelia which I admit that I did not get all the way through. Many of the stories show her youth and immaturity, and still many others seem to be lacking entirely in plot or general interest for the story. I wasn't overly impressed with this collection. Perhaps that makes me a bad Jane Austen fan, but I really didn't feel this added to what I already know of her life and her novels. It was a lackluster reading experience.

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