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The Annotated Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen
Synopses & Reviews
From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that makes this tale of two sisters in love an even more enjoyable read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,000 annotations on facing pages, including:
-Explanations of historical context
-Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writings
-Definitions and clarifications
-Literary comments and analysis
-Multiple maps of England and London
-An introduction, bibliography, and detailed chronology of events
-More than 100 informative illustrations
Filled with fascinating information about everything from the rules of inheritance that could leave a wealthy man’s daughters almost penniless to the fashionable cult of sensibility that Austen so brilliantly satirizes, David M. Shapard’s Annotated Sense and Sensibility is an entertaining and edifying delight.
Book News Annotation:
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's first novel, was published 200 years ago. This annotated edition makes it accessible to today's readers and students. About 2,000 annotations, on everything from the rules of inheritance that could leave a wealthy man's daughters almost penniless to the fashionable cult of sensibility that Austen satirizes, appear on facing pages for easy interpretation. The notes offer explanations of historical context, definitions and clarifications, literary comments and analysis, and citations from Austen's life and other writing. Many notes refer the reader to other pages where more complete information about a topic exists. In addition to the notes, about 100 b&w historical illustrations are included of homes and buildings, dress and accessories, and outdoor and indoor scenes of daily life. An introduction gives background on Austen's life and writing, the culture of sensibility, literary trends of the period, and critical reception of her writing. The bibliography lists editions of Sense and Sensibility, other works by Jane Austen, works relating to Jane Austen, and many works of historical background in many categories. There is also a detailed chronology of events in the book. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jane Austen (1775–1817) was born in Hampshire, England, where she spent most of her life. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, she came to be regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel.
David M. Shapard is the author of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Annotated Persuasion, The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, and The Annotated Emma. He graduated with a Ph.D. in European History from the University of California at Berkeley; his specialty was the eighteenth century. Since then he has taught at several colleges. He lives in upstate New York.
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