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February 2019

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Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
Edited by: 
Devoney Looser

A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the timeless story of Marianne and Elinor Dashwood.

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love — and its threatened loss — the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love. This edition includes an introduction, original essays and suggestions for further exploration by Devoney Looser.


Editor Devoney Looser, an international Austen expert, is Foundation Professor of English in literature at Arizona State University.

Praise for this book

"As nearly flawless as any fiction could be."

Eudora Welty