Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Sense and Sensibility is the first published novel by Jane Austen. Originally published under the pseudonym “A Lady,” Sense and Sensibility tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who, upon the death of their father, are left in reduced circumstances to live on the country estate of a distant relative. At Barton Park, the Dashwood sisters engage in romances with the reserved Edward Ferrars, the dashing yet fickle Mr. Willoughby, and the gentlemanly Colonel Brandon, and eventually find the fulfillment of their romantic yearnings.

Sense and Sensibility was among the first realistic romance novels to be published and shows Austen’s skill at developing perceptive yet sympathetic characters. It has been translated into numerous languages and adapted for the stage and screen.

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One of England’s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen’s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen’s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen’s request, her personal correspondence after Austen’s death in 1817. Austen’s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
Published April 9, 2013 by HarperPerennial Classics. 275 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Sure, Sea Monsters is even further away from the original than Zombies, but it allows for the sea monsters aspect to come alive instead of feeling like a pasted on afterthought to the original plot.

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The whole book is printed on beautiful, sturdy paper, and the inside cover contains illustrations of Sydney Place, where Austen lived in Bath, giving the book yet more of an aura of belonging to Jane Austen’s world.

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Pride and Prejudice may be Jane Austen’s most well-known and popular novel, but Sense and Sensibility has always been my favorite.

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Sense and Sensibility is a self-published first novel from a "lady" who wouldn't put her name on it, who started her first draft at 19 years old, reworked and edited for at least 15 years before paying a publisher to print the first edition, which took two years to sell 750 copies in 1811.

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The Seattle Times

Book-It Repertory Theatre continues its tour through the Jane Austen canon in a pleasing new theatrical version of "Sense and Sensibility," through June 26, 2011.

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Now "Zombies" publisher Quirk Books is releasing "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters," which adds giant lobsters and rampaging octopuses to Austen's love story at a ratio of 60 percent Austen and 40 percent monster mayhem.

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