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This sparkling collection of Austen's early writings - some penned when she was just eleven years old - is playful, subversive and shot through with wit.

Jane Austen's brilliant, hilarious - and often outrageous - early stories, sketches and pieces of nonsense.
Jane Austen's earliest writing dates from when she was just eleven years, and already shows the hallmarks of her mature work: wit, acute insight into human folly, and a preoccupation with manners, morals and money. But it is also a product of the eighteenth century in which she grew up - dark, grotesque, often surprisingly bawdy, and a far cry from the polished, sparkling novels of manners for which she became famous. Drunken heroines, babies who bite off their mother's fingers, and a letter-writer who has murdered her whole family all feature in these very funny pieces. This edition includes all of Austen's juvenilia, including her 'History of England' - written by 'a partial, prejudiced, and ignorant Historian' - and the novella 'Lady Susan', in which the anti-heroine schemes and cheats her way through high society. Taken together, they offer a fascinating - and often surprising - insight into the early Austen.

This major new edition is the first time Austen's juvenilia has appeared in Penguin Classics. Edited by Professor Christine Alexander, it includes an introduction, notes and other useful editorial materials.

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  • Paperback

    9780141395111

    October 21, 2015

    Penguin Classics

    512 pages

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  • Hardback

    9780140433340

    September 25, 2014

    Penguin Classics

    512 pages

    RRP $35.00

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    Jane Austen

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    9780141394718

    September 25, 2014

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