Sense and Sensibility (Vintage Classics)

4.05 avg rating
( 741,165 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780099511557: Sense and Sensibility (Vintage Classics)

Elinor is as prudent as her sister Marianne is impetuous. Both sisters must learn from the other after they are forced to leave their home and enter into the contests of polite society after the untimely death of their father. The charms of unsuitable men and the schemes of rival ladies mean that their paths to success are stocked with disappointment, but together they attempt to find a way to happiness.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Though not the first novel she wrote, Sense and Sensibility was the first Jane Austen published. Though she initially called it Elinor and Marianne, Austen jettisoned both the title and the epistolary mode in which it was originally written, but kept the essential theme: the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. The story revolves around the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Whereas the former is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. Commenting on Edward Ferrars, a potential suitor for Elinor's hand, Marianne admits that while she "loves him tenderly," she finds him disappointing as a possible lover for her sister:

Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!
Soon however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr. Willoughby, a new neighbor. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behavior begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. How each of the sisters reacts to their romantic misfortunes, and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. --Alix Wilber

Book Description:

Jane Austen's first published novel introduced many of the themes which would dominate Austen's future work. Austen writes about everyday events of her own time with a subtlety and sensitivity unprecedented in the English novel. This edition, first published in 2006, follows the second edition of 1813, which corrects errors of the first edition.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 10.95
US$ 8.49

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Austen, Jane
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. 196 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099511557

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Austen, Jane
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2011)
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. 196 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099511557

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Austen, Jane
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800995115570000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Austen, Jane
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 131mm x 23mm x 199mm. Paperback. 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 conte.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 367 pages. 0.250. Bookseller Inventory # 9780099511557

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Austen, Jane
Published by Vintage Classics 2007-08-30 (2007)
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Classics 2007-08-30, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00408410

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.62
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Austen, Jane
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; 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 suc. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780099511557_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.02
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Austen, Jane
Published by Vintage (2008)
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2008. Book Condition: New. 2008. Reissue. Paperback. 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. Num Pages: 384 pages. BIC Classification: FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 197 x 130 x 25. Weight in Grams: 274. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780099511557

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Austen, Jane
Published by Vintage
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage. Book Condition: New. 2008. Reissue. Paperback. 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. Num Pages: 384 pages. BIC Classification: FC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 197 x 130 x 25. Weight in Grams: 274. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099511557

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Austen, Jane
Published by Vintage (2007)
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Green Books
(Wicklow, Ireland)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New Book. Shipping: Once your order has been confirmed and payment received, your order will then be processed. The book will be located by our staff, packaged and despatched to you as quickly as possible. From time to time, items get mislaid en route. If your item fails to arrive, please contact us first. We will endeavour to trace the item for you and where necessary, replace or refund the item. Please do not leave negative feedback without contacting us first. All orders will be dispatched within two working days. If you have any quesions please contact us. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099511557

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.31
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Austen, Jane
ISBN 10: 009951155X ISBN 13: 9780099511557
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST009951155X. Bookseller Inventory # ST009951155X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book