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We publish classics of British, American, Canadian, Australian and world  literature in editions that promise to be reader-friendly. This means that the quality of the books and the version of the texts enhance the reader’s experience. The classical text, fiction or non-fiction, is put into perspective by an Introduction that considers the relevancy of the text to today’s reader, drawing links between the text and contemporary issues or discussing angles of interpretation not considered so far. The editions are prepared by experts who teach the novels and as such address the many questions raised by today’s students, in the AP English and undergraduate literature courses

Pride and Prejudice
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Sense and Sensibility


Northanger Abbey


Jane Austen

250 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:28 Oct 2021

The last novel published during Austen’s life and a great favorite of the public. Student edition, with an introduction by Jane Austen specialist Sylvia Hunt.

Lightly annotated. The unabridged text of a great classic. Academic, easy-to-read format. Perfect for undergraduate and AP courses.

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We promise you the best reader experience

Our books are made for the college classroom. They have beautiful covers and layout, to entice students to read. The margins are slightly bigger, so students can take discreet notes. The paper, the fonts, the spacing between the lines create a flowing rhythm and encourage reading.

  • Strong editorial matter: introductions and annotations that are reflective of current scholarship as well as editorial practices;
  • Useful apparatus in our In the classroom series that guide instructors and students through the most important aspects of the period, author’s life, publications;
  • Monographs and collections of essays that engage with issues upfront and that offer ways to understand the world, be it the past or the present.

About Us

Universitas Press in an independent academic press that publishes Books that make sense of the world

UP is an indepedent publisher, peer-reviewed, and employee-owned.  established in 2014 in Montreal, Canada. 



The majority of our titles are available as eBooks through Google Play,  as PDFs via UBC Press, or through campus bookstore platforms. For personal use, we  recommend Google Play, which allows one to sample the content and format of any of our eBooks using the Google Play app. Our titles on Google Play include  both the original page layout (equivalent to a PDF) and flowing text layout (equivalent to an EPUB). 

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