John Kennett

Jane Austen (1731-1805) was an English author who wrote six novels. She is revered around the world and has millions of fans. Her books have been made into plays and films. She set her novels among the landed gentry. This book was abridged and retold by John Kennett. He felt many people were missing out on some great stories as the original books were too long, and people had less time to read than when the books were first published. He set out to shorten the novels but he retained the most entertaining and vital parts of the story, and hoped readers would go on to read the original later.