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The Winchester Edition - Jane Austen

1911-1912 - John Grant, Edinburgh - The Winchester Edition
'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.'

A beautifully bound twelve volumes, considered to be the best collected edition of Austen’s works which includes
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Emma, Lady Susan, The Watsons, as well as the Letters. With a portrait frontispiece to volume I.

Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.’ 
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SOLD - Sons and Lovers - D. H. Lawrence

1913 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition, Roberts variant 1 with cancel title (see full description for more detail)
Lawrence’s unforgettable and closely autobiographical novel, the compelling story of Gertrude and Walter Morel set amidst the working-class background of the author’s native Nottinghamshire.

Embittered by her uneducated, and often abusive husband Walter, the delicate Gertrude turns her marriage into a battle ground, and devotes her life to her children, William and Paul, determined that they should not follow their father into a life working in the coal mines, but with inevitable consequences.

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It is quite a great novel"; "I remember you telling me, at the beginning, it would be great. I think it is so."
Lawrence was right. Sons and Lovers is a great novel. A century of readers have reached for the same adjective. FR Leavis did, when he enrolled Lawrence in the "great tradition" of the English novel, comprising Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James and Joseph Conrad. And Philip Larkin did so, too, describing Lawrence as "England's greatest novelist" and Sons and Lovers as his finest achievement: "
Cock me! Nearly every page of it is absolutely perfect."

‘For those new to his work, Sons and Lovers is the place to start. Though it came after The White Peacock and The Trespasser, it reads like a first novel. This isn't only because it's life writing, recreating scenes from the author's own experience. Nor is it because the story concerns childhood and adolescence and all that go with them, including fear, shame, self‑consciousness, emotional hypersensitivity, sexual awakening, and the hubristic certainty that (as Paul Morel puts it) one is "going to alter the face of the earth in some way". There's also the freshness and intensity with which Lawrence presents the Morel family – as if this was the only family in the world where the parents don't get on, the father drinks, the mother resents her son's girlfriends, money is short, art and literature become a refuge, and so on. At 27, Lawrence was well-educated and widely read, but the style of Sons and Lovers is wonderfully unknowing – no distancing English irony breaks the spell. Irony wasn't in Lawrence's nature, and at the time he wrote the book he didn't have the leisure for it anyway’. –
Sons and Lovers: a century on – Blake Morrison (The Guardian newspaper 2013). 
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