Sense and Sensibility: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Sense and Sensibility: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)


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A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the timeless story of Marianne and Elinor Dashwood

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 includes an introduction, original essays, and suggestions for further exploration by Devoney Looser.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143106524
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 338,198
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, at Steventon, near Basingstoke, the seventh child of eight of the rector of the parish and his wife. As a girl, Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular fiction. She lived with her family at Steventon until her father retired to Bath in 1801. After he died in 1805, she moved around with her mother and sister, without a permanent home. In 1809, they settled in Chawton Cottage, near Alton, Hampshire, on the estate of a wealthy brother. She published four novels, each after much revision, without signing her name to them: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816). She died in Winchester on July 18, 1817. Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (1818), were published posthumously in December 1817, with a biographical notice by her brother Henry Austen. He publicly revealed her as the author of all six novels. She also left unpublished compositions, including a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan; two unfinished novels, The Watsons and Sanditon; and three volumes of juvenilia. Her fiction is among the most respected and oft-quoted in the English language.

Devoney Looser is Professor of English at Arizona State Univer-sity and the author, most recently, of The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press), a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). Her recent writing on Austen has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Salon, The TLS, and Entertainment Weekly, and she’s had the pleasure of talking about Austen on CNN. Looser is one of the quirky weirdos featured in Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom and has played roller derby under the name Stone Cold Jane Austen.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England


Taught at home by her father

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Sense and Sensibility, the first of those metaphorical bits of "ivory" on which Jane Austen said she worked with "so fine a brush," jackhammers away at the idea that to conjecture is a vain and hopeless reflex of the mind. But I'll venture this much: If she'd done nothing else, we'd still be in awe of her. Wuthering Heights alone put Emily Brontë in the pantheon, and her sister Charlotte and their older contemporary Mary Shelley might as well have saved themselves the trouble of writing anything but Jane Eyre and Frankenstein. Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is at least as mighty a work as any of these, and smarter than all three put together. And it would surely impress us even more without Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815) towering just up ahead. Austen wrote its ur-version, Elinor and Marianne, when she was nineteen, a year before First Impressions, which became Pride and Prejudice; she reconceived it as Sense and Sensibility when she was twenty-two, and she was thirty-six when it finally appeared. Like most first novels, it lays out what will be its author's lasting preoccupations: the "three or four families in a country village" (which Austen told her niece, in an often-quoted letter, was "the very thing to work on"). The interlocking anxieties over marriages, estates, and ecclesiastical "livings." The secrets, deceptions, and self-deceptions that take several hundred pages to straighten out-to the extent that they get straightened out. The radical skepticism about human knowledge, human communication, and human possibility that informs almost every scene right up to the sort-of-happy ending. And the distinctive characters-the negligent or overindulgent parents, the bifurcating siblings (smart sister, beautiful sister; serious brother, coxcomb brother), the charming, corrupted young libertines. Unlike most first novels, though, Sense and Sensibility doesn't need our indulgence. It's good to go.

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Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 256 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Jim Hart at Bethany House for providing my copy of this classic. I couldn't help but wonder how the classic might have been improved.Historical and cultural details and definitions from England's early 1800s, facts about Austen's life that enhance the storyline, as well as many other notations, conveniently interspersed along the side margins make this an easy-to-use tutorial.I suggest that Homeschoolers, students of all ages and stages would benefit by the read or rereading. As a retired high school English teacher, I would chose this edition to teach.
Cindy Meacham More than 1 year ago
This is a bad copy of a good book.
GottaRead53 More than 1 year ago
I would give it a rating of negative 5 if I could. I' m sure there must be a well transferred version out there, but this is not it. Horrific typos are so prevalent that it was difficult to even determine what some words were supposed to be. Even multiple pages that had half of the manuscript replaced by symbols rather than words. It may be a good classic novel if it were readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...but not the free Google version...the problem with just scanning and relying on software to "error" check, is that it makes new and different mistakes. It's gotten to the point that I'm going to delete my free version and spend some money on a different copy.
dichosa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What more can you write about any of Austin's books? Wonderfully written with humor, love and sensitivity to the era and characters. This particular edition - Konemann Classics- are small pocket sized hardback books with insightful notes in the back. Paper and binding is beautiful.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WARNING: The following contains spoilers so do not read if you want to be surprised.This is the story of the two Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. When their father was dying he made their stepbrother, John, promise to take care of their mother and her daughters (which includes a younger sister, Margaret). Although John promised his father he would do so after his death his wife talked him out of settling a monetary amount on them. So John inherited the entire estate including the house in which the girls had been raised. For a short while the widow and her daughters lived with John and his wife but Mrs. Dashwood was determined to find a place to move to. Meanwhile Elinor and Mrs. John Dashwood's brother, Edward Ferrars, became fond of each other. Mrs. John Dashwood was concerned by this involvement and affronted her mother-in-law by talking of Edward's prospects and "of the danger attending any young woman who attempted to draw him in". Elinor's mother then received an offer of a cottage on an estate owned by a relative, Sir John Middleton. The only difficulty was that the cottage was in Devonshire, far from Sussex where they had been living. But the offer of Barton Cottage was so reasonable that the widow decided to move, sight unseen.At Barton Cottage the family settled in quickly aided by their landlord and neighbour, Sir John, although his wife was less welcoming. Two visitors to the Middleton house, Lady Middleton's mother, Mrs. Jennings, and a friend of Sir John's, Colonel Brandon, helped offset Lady Middleton's coldness. Soon it was apparent that Colonel Brandon was smitten by Marianne even though he was quite a bit older. However, Marianne was soon swept off her feet (literally) by a dashing young man, Willoughby, who rescued her when she fell and hurt her ankle one day. Willoughby was visiting his aunt in the neighbourhood from whom he was expecting to inherit quite a fortune. Elinor and her mother were convinced that Marianne and Willoughby were engaged although Marianne did not say anything. When Willoughby was suddenly called away, Marianne was devastated.Elinor also learned that Edward Ferrars was engaged to another, a young woman who was a relation of Mrs. Jennings, Lucy. Their engagement was a secret but Lucy had divulged it to Elinor during a visit made to Barton. Elinor could not talk of this disappointment to anyone so she kept it bottled up, unlike Marianne who pined for Willoughby quite openly.Mrs. Jennings decided to move to her house in London in January and she invited the two Dashwood girls to stay with her so they could enjoy the season. Although Elinor was reluctant to go, Marianne was wild to accept the invitation because she could then see Willoughby again. Immediately on their arrival in "town" she wrote to Willoughby, unseemly conduct for a young woman unless she was engaged. Despite several other letters Willoughby did not arrive to call and when they finally saw him at a dance he was very cold. It turns out he was about to be married to a young lady with a sizable fortune. Marianne was inconsolable.The engagement between Lucy and Edward became known to his mother who declared she would cut him off if he married Lucy. Edward, a fine young gentleman, insisted on carrying out his promise even though, in his heart, he no longer cared for her. He was offered a "living" by Colonel Brandon, meaning he could serve as minister in the church in the Colonel's area. However, the living was only 200 pounds a year, really not enough to support him and a wife. Edward offered to let Lucy out of her promise but Lucy declared she could make do with any amount (secretly hoping to get assistance from the Colonel) so long as they could be together.However, while Edward was off being confirmed his brother, Robert (who had become the sole beneficiary of his mother's fortune), wooed Lucy and they ran off together to be married. In the meantime Marianne became so ill everyone thought she would die. Colonel Brandon
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm always a little befuddled about why I love Austen so much, since normally I'm not all that enthralled by books about society marriages and romantic manipulation, but I do love her in spite of myself.I got a huge kick out of Elinor's observations of those around her; she clearly loves her sister Marianne, but also finds her somewhat ridiculous. Marianne is not the only one who she deems foolish, either. My favorite line comes after Robert Ferrars has just assured her that he finds cottages completely charming, and then goes on to describe a party held at an abode that clearly was a cottage in name only, being that it contained a dining parlour, drawing-room, library, and saloon. Having listened to this respectfully, "Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition."
bleached on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sense and Sensibility is different from Emma and the other Austen books I have read so far. It showed that love isn't always simple and can often be wrong. It displays humanity's flaws of selfishness and vanity. The character of Willouby was the most realistic villain, in fact, I have dealt with a Willouby character in my own love life. I was grateful to Austen for not having him come back in the end and regain Maryanne and his happiness. The only way this novel could have been better is if Willoughby would have ended more miserable.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finally made it through Sense and Sensibility, but I must say it was quite a struggle. Jane Austen has a wonderful way with words, but I think it is safe to say that I grew to hate just about every character in the novel by the end. Elinor - the sense of the operation, was prim, proper dull and boring. Marianne - aka sensibility, was the extreme opposite of Elinor and I was praying she would be struck by a runaway horse and buggy within moments of being introduced to her, but sadly this was not to occur. The remaining women were primarily gossip junkies stalking the countryside for their next fix. The men of Sense and Sensibility not much better with the exception of Mr. Palmer. Palmer had the good sense to hide in the background and ignore the whole lot. I may give Austen another shot, but this reader needs a little time away.
Letter4No1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Earlier this year I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time and was really looking forward to reading more Austen. Sense and Sensibility did not live up to the high standers I had set for it, but It was a good read. The slow start describing the family situation ruins the race of the story and makes it very had to get into. I had a problem with Marianne as a character, but I can see how she could be endearing to some. In short this was a classic worth reading.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audiobook version of Sense and Sensibility read by Susannah Harker and it was possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard! Yes better than Jim Dale reading Harry Potter (which I also really enjoyed)! If I am going to review anything in this post that is it. If you get a chance to pick up this audiobook version, you should. She is very good at making each character unique and keeping you engaged the whole book. It is unabridged so 14 hours long but well worth it....more I listened to the audiobook version of Sense and Sensibility read by Susannah Harker and it was possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard! Yes better than Jim Dale reading Harry Potter (which I also really enjoyed)! If I am going to review anything in this post that is it. If you get a chance to pick up this audiobook version, you should. She is very good at making each character unique and keeping you engaged the whole book. It is unabridged so 14 hours long but well worth it.Disclaimer: Yes, I have read Sense and Sensibility a few different times before listening to it on audio. It is my 2nd favorite Jane Austen novel behind Pride and Prejudice. So the story is very comforting and familiar. I have the characters I love, the ones who annoy me, and the ones I would like to throw to the wolves. However, as with all great books, it always leaves me with the the hope that in the end the nice guy does in fact finish with the girl of his dreams. Austen is one of the best at taking flawed characters that come from a place of good and making them find each other.This book particularly appeals to me because out of all of Jane Austen's characters I am probably the most like Elinor. I am a little more open about my opinions but otherwise she is the closest to me personality wise. I would also like to think that out there is an E. Farris for me, as he is exactly the type of guy that I go for. Smart, Off-Beat humor, Loyal, Kind, and good to his word. So reading their rather understated romance always warms my heart. Plus, I love Brandon and his steadfast beautifully portrayed personality. He is the Bingley of this novel but Marianne takes awhile to realize that.(less)(edit)
mbmackay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the introduction helpfully points out - very few people put S & S at the top of their list of the best Austen novels! (from the 1902 edition available from Project Gutenberg). But this is still a great book. Her characters are so well imagined, finely drawn and believable. While they play out their personalities in a now strange environment, one can readily 'see' people with these same characteristics in ANY environment. Read June 2010 in e-book format.
vandersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Austen! Highbrow soap - delicious
AngelaRenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title Sense and Sensibility Insight EditionAuthor Jane Austen Publisher Bethany HouseISBN 978-0-7642-0740-2$14.99 In Sense and Sensibility we meet the Dashwood family, three charming girls and their widowed mother, who are forced to move from their beloved home after the death of their father. Promising his father that he would provided for the needs of his stepmother and sisters, John Dashwood¿s wife Fanny, eager to get her hands on the family fortune, convinces her husband that the sum was too great and it should be extremely lowered. With little money the family is forced to move to a cottage offered by relatives. We then gain a glimpse into the lives of the two eldest sisters, Elinor, who happens to be practical and the very charming Marianne, who lives for the moment. Different as day and night each sister experiences their own version of love. Elinor with the somewhat stuffy Edward Ferrars, brother to the intolerable Mrs. Fanny Dashwood, and Marianne with the enchanting Willoughby who has the ability to charm a snake. All the while the reasonable but slightly older, Colonel Brandon comes calling for the unwilling Marianne. Although the suitors of the Dashwood girls are both hiding enormous secrets, once discovered these secrets could break both of the girls hearts. In the end which will win Sense or Sensibility?Sense and Sensibility was the first novel of Jane Austen¿s to be published, now Bethany House has published the insight edition. The perfect edition to add or start your Austen collection. Complete with notes pertaining to everything from historical/cultural events, definitions during Jane¿s era, to facts and tidbits about Jane¿s life. Also included is comments featuring facts pertaining to the movies and pop culture surround the novel. Readers will be pleased to know that the story of Sense and Sensibility has not been altered from the one the Jane Austen wrote. The Insight edition is exactly what it claims, an insight in the world of Sense and Sensibility and the world in which Jane Austen lived. Once again I will say that this is the perfect edition to either start or add to your Jane Austen collection. This book was provided for review thanks to Bethany House
smilingsally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Jim Hart at Bethany House for providing my copy of this classic. I couldn't help but wonder how the classic might have been improved.Historical and cultural details and definitions from England's early 1800s, facts about Austen's life that enhance the storyline, as well as many other notations, conveniently interspersed along the side margins make this an easy-to-use tutorial.I suggest that Homeschoolers, students of all ages and stages would benefit by the read or rereading. As a retired high school English teacher, I would chose this edition to teach.
GrazianoRonca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis (Minnesota), 2010I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher Sense and Sensibility is the first published book of Jane Austen; next year is the anniversary: 200 years. A book without age and wrinkles; full of wits, surprises, change of scenes and characters described inside their soul (Does Jane Austen describe the psychology of the characters? No, we're lucky, Freud and friends not yet born!). A tale of two sisters opposite until the end of the book. Elinor and Marianne, following different paths, at last find love and happiness. The themes of Sense and Sensibility are the conjectures of the soul and concealed feeling, rational (Elinor) and irrational (Marianne). At the turn of the century, Jane Austen presents old and new cultural movement: classicism and romanticism. The first as Elinor with judgment and moderation, the second as Marianne with extravagance and imagination. Within the other characters I liked Willoughby: he follows the evil's path whom 'had led him likewise to punishment' (p. 295), and Willoughby also is the man who is forgiven by Elinor.This edition comes with notes about historical anecdotes, unscientific ranking of the characters, themes of faith relate to Austen's life and references from Sense and Sensibility's movies (I like these notes!). It seems another book to take to school; I don't think so: Sense and Sensibility is not so boring, take it in your everyday life.Sense and Sensibility is a classic book, or as written by Italo Calvino 'A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say' (the translation in mine).
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two sisters experience the trials and tribulations of love.Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen's first published novel. It contains all the elements that have made her such an enduring literary figure: well-drawn characters, elegant prose, nice romantic tension and sheer readability. Though not as well-liked as Pride and Prejudice, it's a wonderful novel capable of standing tall on its own merits.Austen employs a fairly standard structure here: she presents the two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, as embodiments of particular worldviews. Elinor has a great deal of sense; she's practical, down-to-earth and considerate of others. Marianne is mostly concerned with what the world can do for her; she's passionate, articulate, and throughly committed to living life her way. Austen uses the novel's events to soften each sister's character, bringing them both to a middle point at which Elinor has gained some passion and Marianne has gained some sense.These events are primarily romantic and, as is Austen's usual wont, there are problems aplenty. The atmosphere is always rife with tension as both sisters discover and deal with terrible truths about their suitors. The book can be read as a simple, literary romance novel, filled with the usual sorts of mistakes and moments of forgiveness.This is far from a one-dimmensional novel, though. One can easily delve deeper. Personally, I found that Austen did some interesting things with the whole idea of self-control. As the characters live in a very formal, polite society, it's often impossible for them to say what they really think. This leads to some wonderful dialogue as each character dances around their true meaning, finding some way to express themselves without breaking any social rules or being untrue to themselves. This results in some absolutely hilarious moments, and not a few heartbreaking ones.Overall, this is most certainly worth your time. Recommended.
elbakerone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As can always be expected from Jane Austen novels, Sense and Sensibility is filled with many memorable multi-dimensional characters. Readers' hearts will go out to the two Dashwood sisters, reasonable Elinor and passionate Marianne; laughs will be shared with the boisterous Mrs. Jennings; and sneers will be passed to the pages about the cad Willoughby. As one of Jane Austen's earliest works, Sense and Sensibility lacks the polish and ease of reading some of her other books (Pride and Prejudice, for example). However, her storytelling ability, fresh dialogue and wonderful characters reamain to leave this book a true classic, beloved by generation after generation.
justabookreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen wrote two of my favorite books --- Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice. Each time I re-read them, (yes, I am a serial re-reader) I am overcome by the amount of emotion she can fit on a page. Sense & Sensibility ranks right up there for me with the best of the tearjerkers.Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are incredibly close sisters but could not be more different. Elinor is strong and reserved, Marianne is emotional and prone to outbursts on any opinion she might have. They are opposites in many ways with the exception of their love lives which can be described as nothing more than shambles. Elinor is in love with Edward and she feels, and her family is assured, that she will someday be his wife. Marianne falls for a man named Willoughby . He is dashing, daring, and falls amicably in love with Marianne soon after their first ill-fated meeting. Her happiness is not meant to last and, after leading her on, he leaves her with no warning. When an opportunity arises for the sisters to be in London, Marianne readily agrees much against the more strident arguments of Elinor to stay at the cottage with their mother. It is in London that Willoughby is sited and Marianne¿s hopes rise only to be completely dashed when it is rumored that he is to marry someone very rich, something Marianne is not and has no hope to ever be. The death of their father and the miserly ways of their half brother, John, have left the Dashwood women rather less endowed.While in London, Marianne goes into a stupor on finding out about Willoughby and Elinor does her best to care for her. Unbeknownst to Marianne, Elinor is experiencing much the same torment --- she has heard from an acquaintance, Lucy Steele, that Edward is engaged. In fact, he is engaged to Lucy and Elinor is forced to listen to her drivel about their difficulties in not being able to express their love openly and to marry. Elinor is strong under the strain but somehow, while reading, you just wish she would sit and give in to her emotion but she doesn¿t. That is the beauty in reading Austen, she pulls at the heartstrings but her characters can take it.An illness strands Elinor and Marianne on their way home but thanks to the help, and love, of a family friend, they are reunited with their mother and return home where each has time to recover from their love ordeals. After a few weeks, Elinor is surprised by Edward and an offer of marriage she had convinced herself was impossible and Marianne finds happiness in love in the place she least expected.The one thing I adore about the Austen novels I have read are the characters and this book does not fall short. The Dashwoods¿ sister-in-law, Mrs. John Dashwood (Fanny) is probably one of the most conniving and annoying characters in the book. Her cheap nature, mean spiritedness, and jealously for the sisters is appropriately aggravating. In one scene, she complains about having to give away the good china when she of all people is forcing the Dashwoods from their beloved home now that her husband has inherited it upon of the death of his father. She plays a very small part but is unforgettable for me and one character I cannot stand to come across. She is so conniving she is wonderful and makes you want to hate all sister-in-laws even if you love you own. Why do I re-read this book over and over? Each time I find something new to love. I feel more and more each time for Marianne and the deep depression she falls into over losing Willoughby and what she thought, and was led to believe, would happen between them. Willoughby becomes more and more of a rascal, to use a proper Austen term, and so viciously cruel that Marianne¿s torment becomes even greater. And dear Elinor, the strong sister who seems capable of running the world if given the chance with her calm and cool demeanor, to suffer so in silence almost to the end is just heart wrenching. When the happy ending arrives you almost want to celebrate a
jennmurphy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen has been one of my favorite writers since 10th grade English when I was forced to read Pride and Prejudice. This book chronicles the lives of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in their quest for love. Each sister is unique and Austen shows us two very different reactions through out the novel. Austen is able to take a mildly predictable story of love and the various trials that lead to happiness and turn it into a classic. Her characters are memorable not only for their strengths but their flaws as well. It feels like an inside look at a typical family, but ends up being so much more.
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I enjoyed this book very much, but would have loved it if the editorial coments did not so often intrude on the body of the writing. There were several places where the 'margin notes' ended up in the middle of the body of work thereby interupting the flow until I could figure out what belonged and what didn't. I would hope that the publishers would care about this classic tale (and the ongoing popularity of Jane Austin) to correct these errors in future editions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't even read this. It has special characters splashed throughout the regular text, and is absolutely impossible to read. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago