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Sense and Sensibility

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ISBN-10: 0618084835

ISBN-13: 9780618084838

Edition: 2002

Authors: Jane Austen, Beth Lau, Alan AA Richardson

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Accompanying the complete text of Sense and Sensibility are a variety of supporting materials, including selected literary works in the sentimental tradition; the text of Love and Freindship (sic), Austen's youthful burlesque of the sentimental literature of the time; and an excerpt from Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In addition, a selection of Romantic poems demonstrates parallels between Austen's novel and the works of her male contemporaries.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 9/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.10" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Contents
Sense and Sensibility: A Novel in Three Volumes
Background Materials
The Novel of Sensibility
From The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774) Jane Austen's Youthful Parody of the Literature of Sensibility
Love and Freindship (1790) The Feminist Critique of Sensibility
From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) The Novel of Contrasting Characters
From Letters of Julia and Caroline (1795)
"Sense and Sensibility and Its Sources"
Criticism
"Sense and Sensibility"
"Polite Lies and the Veiled Heroine of Sense and Sensibility"
"Sense and Silences: Reading Jane Austen Again"
"'I See Everything as You Desire Me to Do': The Scolding and Schooling of Marianne Dashwood&quot
Chronology
Works Cited For Further Reading