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Sense and Sensibility [Annotated]

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  • Sales Rank:2,045,591
  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Pages:348
  • Publication Date:January 30, 2013
  • ASIN:B00B8YRWKI

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Synopsis
Sense and Sensibility has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written.

It reveals the astounding range, subtlety, artistry, and depth of thought of a true literary colossus, Jane Austen.

Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1811.

● Contains extended historical context and a critical essay: By A Lady: A Cultural and Historical Perspective of Jane Austen, by Elizabeth Keegan Birdsong.

Sense and Sensibility is one of Jane Austen’s rare and genuine masterpieces; an enchanting work of artistry deserving of the label in a thousand different ways. It can be found on countless lists of the finest literary works of all time, and is one of her major achievements.

JANE AUSTEN (1775-1817), one of the greatest English authors, transformed the art of fiction. Author of numerous novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility, she is considered to be a literary colossus, and a central figure in the development of the modern novel.

PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W. He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant, produced by David Susskind for CBS. His most recent books include Aztecs: Epoch Of Social Revolution, Sex And Dreams, Mark Twain In Seattle, The Naked Citizen: Notes On Privacy In The Twenty-First Century, Raymond Chowder And Bob Skloot Must Die, and Vincent Van Gogh: Madness and Magic.


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“Sense and Sensibility has always been the most popular of Jane Austen’s novels…with its good-humored wit, its two delightful heroines, and its splendid denouement.”

– Sally Hirschorn
Amazon.com Review
Though not the first novel she wrote, Sense and Sensibility was the first Jane Austen published. Though she initially called it Elinor and Marianne, Austen jettisoned both the title and the epistolary mode in which it was originally written, but kept the essential theme: the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. The story revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Whereas the former is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Commenting on Edward Ferrars, a potential suitor for Elinor's hand, Marianne admits that while she "loves him tenderly," she finds him disappointing as a possible lover for her sister:
Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!
Soon however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr. Willoughby, a new neighbor. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behavior begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. How each of the sisters reacts to their romantic misfortunes, and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. --Alix Wilber
Synopsis
Sense and Sensibility has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written.

It reveals the astounding range, subtlety, artistry, and depth of thought of a true literary colossus, Jane Austen.

Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1811.

● Contains extended historical context and a critical essay: By A Lady: A Cultural and Historical Perspective of Jane Austen, by Elizabeth Keegan Birdsong.

Sense and Sensibility is one of Jane Austen’s rare and genuine masterpieces; an enchanting work of artistry deserving of the label in a thousand different ways. It can be found on countless lists of the finest literary works of all time, and is one of her major achievements.

JANE AUSTEN (1775-1817), one of the greatest English authors, transformed the art of fiction. Author of numerous novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility, she is considered to be a literary colossus, and a central figure in the development of the modern novel.

PHILIP DOSSICK is the New York Times critically acclaimed writer and director of the motion picture The P.O.W. He has written for television, including the outstanding drama, Transplant, produced by David Susskind for CBS. His most recent books include Aztecs: Epoch Of Social Revolution, Sex And Dreams, Mark Twain In Seattle, The Naked Citizen: Notes On Privacy In The Twenty-First Century, Raymond Chowder And Bob Skloot Must Die, and Vincent Van Gogh: Madness and Magic.


Reviews:

“Sense and Sensibility has always been the most popular of Jane Austen’s novels…with its good-humored wit, its two delightful heroines, and its splendid denouement.”

– Sally Hirschorn

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