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Sparkling with wit and irony, Sense and Sensibility is more than a simple contrast between heart and head; it is a critical exploration of the society that demands of individuals both honesty and duplicity.



When two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their mother are left to the financial mercies of John Dashwood and his wife, they find themselves in drastically reduced circumstances.



Unable to find a new home in Sussex, they move to Devon, leaving behind Elinor's admirer Edward Ferrars. Though Elinor is sorrowful, she conceals her feelings of attachment from prying society. Marianne, impulsive and open in her emotions, falls passionately in love with the dashing, roguish John Willoughby. Although they differ widely in temperament, both sisters must face great sorrows in their affairs of the heart - and use their own strengths to overcome them.



Read by Julie Christie

Synopsis:

This story centres on two strikingly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Its central theme explores the different ways in which they are affected by the distances and secrets that separate them from their closest acquaintances and from the men they love.

Synopsis:

When two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their mother are left to the financial mercies of John Dashwood and his wife, they find themselves in drastically reduced circumstance. Unable to find a new home in Sussex, they move to Devon, leaving behind Elinor's admirer Edward Ferrars. Though Elinor is sorrowful, she conceals her feelings of attachment from prying society. Marianne, impulsive and open in her emotions, falls passionately in love with the dashing, roguish John Willoughby. Although they differ widely in temperament, both sisters must face great sorrows in their affairs of the heart, and use their own strengths of overcome them.

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140861051
Read:
Christie, Julie
Publisher:
Penguin Global
Read by:
Christie, Julie
Read:
Christie, Julie
Author:
Austen, Jane
Author:
Christie, Julie
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Cassette - Abridged
Series:
Classic, Audio
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
OTHER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.72x4.26x1.36 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details pages Penguin Books - English 9780140861051 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This story centres on two strikingly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Its central theme explores the different ways in which they are affected by the distances and secrets that separate them from their closest acquaintances and from the men they love.
"Synopsis" by , When two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their mother are left to the financial mercies of John Dashwood and his wife, they find themselves in drastically reduced circumstance. Unable to find a new home in Sussex, they move to Devon, leaving behind Elinor's admirer Edward Ferrars. Though Elinor is sorrowful, she conceals her feelings of attachment from prying society. Marianne, impulsive and open in her emotions, falls passionately in love with the dashing, roguish John Willoughby. Although they differ widely in temperament, both sisters must face great sorrows in their affairs of the heart, and use their own strengths of overcome them.

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