Sense and Sensibility

ISBN-10: 039397751X
ISBN-13: 9780393977516
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $11.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Once second fiddle to Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first published novel, has grown popular among scholarly as well as general audiences and is now scrutinized by a wide range of critics in complex and rewarding interpretations. The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1813 second edition, which includes Jane Austen's latest revisions and corrections. It is accompanied by explanatory footnotes, textual notes, and a map of early-nineteenth-century England.

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Text of Sense and Sensibility
MAP: England in the 19th Century
Facsimile Title Page of the 2nd Edition (1813)
Sense and Sensibility
Contexts
From Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)
Rambler No. 32 (1750)
Idler No. 72 (1759)
From Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
From Rights of Man (1791)
From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
From Sensibility: An Epistle to the Honourable Mrs. Boscawen (1782)
From Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799)
The Enthusiasm of Sentiment; a Fragment (1798)
From Mademoiselle Panache (1796)
From Belinda (1801)
Criticism
Early Views
From Unsigned Review (February 1812)
Unsigned Review (May 1812)
From British Novelists (1860)
From Miss Austen (1866)
From The Classic Novelist (1894)
From Jane Austen (1917)
Modern Views
First Publication: Thomas Egerton, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice
Sensibility
Sensibility and the Worship of Self
Ideological Contradictions and the Consolations of Form: Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility: Opinions Too Common and Too Dangerous
Wills
The Novel's Wisdom: Sense and Sensibility
Taste: Gourmets and Ascetics
Sense and Sensibility: The Letter, Post Factum
The Personal and the Pro Forma
Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl
Mass Marketing Jane Austen: Men, Women, and Courtship in Two Film Adaptations
Jane Austen: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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