September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853260169
ISBN - 13: 9781853260162
About the Book
Young women who have no economic or political power must attend to the serious business of contriving material security'. Jane Austen's sardonic humour lays bare the stratagems, the hypocrisy and the poignancy inherent in the struggle of two very different sisters to achieve respectability.
From the Publisher
Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco
University'Young women who have no economic or political power must attend
to the serious business of contriving material security'. Jane Austen's
sardonic humour lays bare the stratagems, the hypocrisy and the poignancy
inherent in the struggle of two very different sisters to achieve
respectability.Sense and Sensibility is a delightful comedy of manners in
which the sisters Elinor and Marianne represent these two qualities.
Elinor's character is one of Augustan detachment, while Marianne, a
fervent disciple of the Romantic Age, learns to curb her passionate nature
in the interests of survival.
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
The first published of Jane Austen's novels, Sense and Sensibility is a cautionary tale that follows the loves and losses of two very different sisters. Elinor Dashwood's measured, good sense contrasts greatly with the passionate, impulsive nature of her younger sister Marianne who embodies sensibility. Tremendously witty, this delightful comedy of manners witnesses the two sisters struggle to achieve respectability. At this special low price, it makes a great addition to any home library.