In its marvelously perceptive portrayal of two young women in love, "Sense and Sensibility " is the answer to those critics and readers who believe that Jane Austen's novels, despite their perfection of form and tone, lack strong feeling.
Its two heroines so utterly unlike each other both undergo the most violent passions when they are separated from the men they love. What differentiates them, and gives this extroardinary book its complexity and brilliance, is the "way "each expresses her suffering: Marianne young, impetuous, ardent falls into paroxysms of grief when she is rejected by the dashing John Willoughby; while her sister, Elinor wiser, more sensible, more self-controlled masks her despair when it appears that Edward Ferrars is to marry the mean-spirited and cunning Lucy Steele. All, of course, ends happily but not until Elinor's sense and Marianne's sensibility have equally worked to reveal the profound emotional life that runs beneath the surface of Austen's immaculate and irresistible art.
About the Author
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.
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