September 1, 1996
Penguin UK Juvenile
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140378502
ISBN - 13: 9780140378504
From the Publisher
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two strikingly different sisters. Both are in love -- Elinor with respectable Edward Ferrars and Marianne with John Willoughby, attractive but very unsuitable. But when they find out that both men are engaged to other women, the agonizing struggle between head and heart begins.
About the Author
Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.
From Our Editors
One of Jane Austen’s most popular novels and a favourite for film and television adaptations, Sense and Sensibility comes to younger readers of fine literature in this Puffin Classics edition. The story of two sisters who are as different as night and day in terms of their characters and personalities, this novel aptly portrays the moral and social world that Austen loved to critiqued so subtly and whimsically. Full of the gentle tone that makes Austen a favourite author even today, the novel revolves around the misfortunes of the wild young Marianne, who falls passionately in love with an unsuitable young man, causing her staid older sister Elinor much distress. But Elinor isn’t stuffy — she’s just practical, with romance brimming under her mild manner in the form of an unrequited love for the equally earnest Edward. All ends happily, however, as in all of Austen’s social commentaries, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons her novels remain so popular.