Synopses & Reviews
"I am afraid," replied Elinor, "that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety." --Sense & Sensibility
Elinor is as prudent as her sister Marianne is impetuous. Each must learn from the other after they are they are forced by their father's death to leave their home and enter into the contests of polite society. The charms of unsuitable men and the schemes of rival ladies mean that their paths to success are thwart with disappointment but together they attempt to find a way to happiness.
• With a new introduction by Francesca Segal
• Written when she was only seventeen, Sense and Sensibility is the novel that launched Jane Austen's career
"How could these novels ever seem remote . . . the gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished, as comedies they are irresistibly and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be." —Eudora Welty
"[Jane Austen] has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with." —Sir Walter Scott
"Jane Austen is my favourite author." —E.M. Forster
"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste." —Virginia Woolf
"For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta Stone of literature." —Anna Quindlen
About the Author
Jane Austen (17751817) is a renowned Regency novelist. Her other works include Emma (1816) and Pride and Prejudice (1813).