Sense and Sensibility

ISBN-10: 0141040378
ISBN-13: 9780141040370
Edition: 2009
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Description: Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

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.

ROS BALLASTERnbsp;teaches eighteenth-century literature at Oxford University, UK. She is the author of Fabulous Orients: Fictions of the East in England 1662-1785 (winner of the Rose Mary Crawshay prize 2005), and Seductive Forms: Women�s Amatory Fiction 184-1740 .

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