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Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)

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By Jane Austen, Ros Ballaster (Introduction by)
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If you want to read a classic that still remains relevant today, I definitely recommend Sense and Sensibility, even more so than Pride and Prejudice. Two sisters share intertwining, though directly opposite fates, and the tale unfolds much in the infamous Austen writing style--with much turning out wrong in order to find what is right. If you've never read Austen before, try this book. 

— Mikaela


Jane Austen's first published work, meticulously constructed and sparkling with her unique wit

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. This edition also includes explanatory notes and textual variants between first and second edition.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. She is also the author of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

Ros Ballaster is Professor of 18th Century Studies at Mansfield College, Oxford.

Praise For…

"As nearly flawless as any fiction could be."
—Eudora Welty

Product Details
ISBN: 9780141439662
ISBN-10: 0141439661
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: April 29th, 2003
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics
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