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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

One World Classics -- Bloomsbury UK | July 12, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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Famously characterized as the story of two Dashwood sisters who embody the conflict between the oppressive nature of "civilized" society and the human desire for romantic passion, there is far more to this story of two daughters made homeless by the death of their father. Elinor, 19, and Marianne, 17, initially project the opposing roles with Elinor cautious and unassuming about romantic matters, while Marianne is wild and passionate when she falls hopelessly in love with the libertine Mr. Willoughby. But the lessons in love and life see the two characters develop and change with sense and sensibility needing to be compromised as a matter of survival. Written when Austen was just 19, this story has been read as a biographical reflection of her relationship with her own sister Cassandra, with the younger Jane being the victim of "sensibility." However, the novel is far more than a simple case of passion versus manners, and depicts the romantic complications of two women made highly vulnerable by the loss of their father and estate.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 289 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 in

Published: July 12, 2011

Publisher: One World Classics -- Bloomsbury UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847490468

ISBN - 13: 9781847490469

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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 289 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 in

Published: July 12, 2011

Publisher: One World Classics -- Bloomsbury UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847490468

ISBN - 13: 9781847490469

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Famously characterized as the story of two Dashwood sisters who embody the conflict between the oppressive nature of "civilized" society and the human desire for romantic passion, there is far more to this story of two daughters made homeless by the death of their father. Elinor, 19, and Marianne, 17, initially project the opposing roles with Elinor cautious and unassuming about romantic matters, while Marianne is wild and passionate when she falls hopelessly in love with the libertine Mr. Willoughby. But the lessons in love and life see the two characters develop and change with sense and sensibility needing to be compromised as a matter of survival. Written when Austen was just 19, this story has been read as a biographical reflection of her relationship with her own sister Cassandra, with the younger Jane being the victim of "sensibility." However, the novel is far more than a simple case of passion versus manners, and depicts the romantic complications of two women made highly vulnerable by the loss of their father and estate.

About the Author

Jane Austen, author of Mansfield ParkPersuasion, and Pride and Prejudice, is one of the most widely-read writers in British literature.

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"As nearly flawless as any fiction could be."  —Eudora Welty
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