Sense and Sensibility: 200th Anniversary Edition

Sense and Sensibility: 200th Anniversary Edition

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Sense and Sensibility: 200th Anniversary Edition by Jane Austen, Maria Therese D. Roble, Hugh Thomson

First released October 30, 1811; this literary classic novel is now available as a special illustrated edition to commemorate the book's 200th anniversary.

This concise edition of Sense and Sensibility includes all three original volumes, plus more than 50 illustrations by world renowned artists C. E. Brock and Hugh Thomson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981318363
Publisher: Queensbridge Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2011
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Hampshire, England, to George Austen, a rector, and his wife, Cassandra. Like many girls of her day, she was educated at home, where she began her literary career by writing parodies and skits for the amusement of her large family. Although Austen did not marry, she did have several suitors and once accepted a marriage proposal, but only for an evening. Although Austen never lived apart from her family, her work shows a worldly and wise sensibility. Her novels include Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), and Northanger Abbeyand Persuasion, published together posthumously in 1818. 

Margaret Drabble is the highly acclaimed novelist, biographer, and editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Her novels include The Gates of Ivory,The Seven Sisters, and The Red Queen

Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and after graduating from University moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English. Her first Regency historical love story, A Masked Deception, was published in 1985. She has written more than seventy novels since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sestet and Simply quartet.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England

Education:

Taught at home by her father

Read an Excerpt

Sense and Sensibility, the first of those metaphorical bits of "ivory" on which Jane Austen said she worked with "so fine a brush," jackhammers away at the idea that to conjecture is a vain and hopeless reflex of the mind. But I'll venture this much: If she'd done nothing else, we'd still be in awe of her. Wuthering Heights alone put Emily Brontë in the pantheon, and her sister Charlotte and their older contemporary Mary Shelley might as well have saved themselves the trouble of writing anything but Jane Eyre and Frankenstein. Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is at least as mighty a work as any of these, and smarter than all three put together. And it would surely impress us even more without Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815) towering just up ahead. Austen wrote its ur-version, Elinor and Marianne, when she was nineteen, a year before First Impressions, which became Pride and Prejudice; she reconceived it as Sense and Sensibility when she was twenty-two, and she was thirty-six when it finally appeared. Like most first novels, it lays out what will be its author's lasting preoccupations: the "three or four families in a country village" (which Austen told her niece, in an often-quoted letter, was "the very thing to work on"). The interlocking anxieties over marriages, estates, and ecclesiastical "livings." The secrets, deceptions, and self-deceptions that take several hundred pages to straighten out-to the extent that they get straightened out. The radical skepticism about human knowledge, human communication, and human possibility that informs almost every scene right up to the sort-of-happy ending. And the distinctive characters-the negligent or overindulgent parents, the bifurcating siblings (smart sister, beautiful sister; serious brother, coxcomb brother), the charming, corrupted young libertines. Unlike most first novels, though, Sense and Sensibility doesn't need our indulgence. It's good to go.
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Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Jim Hart at Bethany House for providing my copy of this classic. I couldn't help but wonder how the classic might have been improved.Historical and cultural details and definitions from England's early 1800s, facts about Austen's life that enhance the storyline, as well as many other notations, conveniently interspersed along the side margins make this an easy-to-use tutorial.I suggest that Homeschoolers, students of all ages and stages would benefit by the read or rereading. As a retired high school English teacher, I would chose this edition to teach.
Cindy Meacham More than 1 year ago
This is a bad copy of a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After my first reading of this beautifully written romance, I found myself intrigued by Austen's ability to create characters and situations that draw me in and hold me close. I now find myself looking for more novels by her that I have to read. I want find out if these other novels are as captivating and emotional as Sense and Sensibility. I highly recommend this and all other Jane Austen books.
GottaRead53 More than 1 year ago
I would give it a rating of negative 5 if I could. I' m sure there must be a well transferred version out there, but this is not it. Horrific typos are so prevalent that it was difficult to even determine what some words were supposed to be. Even multiple pages that had half of the manuscript replaced by symbols rather than words. It may be a good classic novel if it were readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...but not the free Google version...the problem with just scanning and relying on software to "error" check, is that it makes new and different mistakes. It's gotten to the point that I'm going to delete my free version and spend some money on a different copy.
rockabillymomma on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This is a must have. I really enjoy the book and I enjoyed the movie as well and it's one of those books I could never get tired of reading.
jennmurphy on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Jane Austen has been one of my favorite writers since 10th grade English when I was forced to read Pride and Prejudice. This book chronicles the lives of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in their quest for love. Each sister is unique and Austen shows us two very different reactions through out the novel. Austen is able to take a mildly predictable story of love and the various trials that lead to happiness and turn it into a classic. Her characters are memorable not only for their strengths but their flaws as well. It feels like an inside look at a typical family, but ends up being so much more.
pickwick817 on LibraryThing 7 days ago
An entertaining book. The story follows the love-lives of two young ladies in Victorian England. While I won't say it was a totally predictable story, it seemed inevitable that both sisters would ultimately make the "good marriage" that the book seemed destined to conclude with. Nevertheless, it was very well written and for the most part enjoyable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much, but would have loved it if the editorial coments did not so often intrude on the body of the writing. There were several places where the 'margin notes' ended up in the middle of the body of work thereby interupting the flow until I could figure out what belonged and what didn't. I would hope that the publishers would care about this classic tale (and the ongoing popularity of Jane Austin) to correct these errors in future editions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't even read this. It has special characters splashed throughout the regular text, and is absolutely impossible to read. :(
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littlegiry More than 1 year ago
An absolutely beautiful edition of Austen's classic, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!!
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Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility is a delightful novel, but this edition has mangled her classic, rendering it almost illegible. Stray symbols and letters make it nearly impossible to read. Please seek out another edition for your reading pleasure, as this particular eBook offers no benefits. Though the story is not to be missed, you would do well to find a different copy of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It keeps you guessing as to who will marry whom and if a characters flaws or assets will be found. I recommend it as a classic book that you can go to for a look back at the past.
Gypsydiana More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy sitting down and reading a Jane Austin book. I have read and re-read Sense and Sensibility many times through the years. I am excited to now have this book on my Nook and available to me with the push of a button. Jane Austin fans will understand this. If you haven't read this book ,you are missing a trip into a young woman's look of love in years gone by.
tafoot1 More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen only gifted us with a few books, but they are all stellar. Each should be required reading for anyone who who aspires to be or says he is a well-educated person. Sense and Sensibility shows the reader what life was like during Austen's time. The manners of the time, the role of inheritance (or lack thereof), inter- and intra-family relationships...all are so intricate and important for the time. Dive in, enjoy the characters, enjoy the slower pace...you'll be glad you did.
FanAR More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book, read many times. Great book!
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