Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Paperback Wadsworth Collection

By (author) Jane Austen, Introduction and notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine


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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 20mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260169
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260162
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 4,246

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Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen's first published novel (under the pseudonym 'A Lady'), and is one of her best-loved books. '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 is the more prudent, being acutely aware of the constraints of the society in which she lives, while Marianne, a fervent disciple of the Romantic Age, learns to curb her passionate nature in the interests of survival. Jane Austen's other novels are Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey which are all available in Wordsworth Classics, along with a collection of her shorter fiction in Lady Susan & Other Works.

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Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco University

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Sense and Sensibility is one of the best loved of Jane Austen's novels, populated by great comic creations like Mrs. Jennings, the unscrupulous cad Willoughby, and guileless and artful women. As ever, Austen suffuses her work with great ironic observation and tremendous wit, producing a masterpiece of romantic entanglement that time and a very different set of mores cannot diminish.