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    Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

    As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These areSense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) andEmma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship.Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel,Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel,Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

    Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen's first published work, meticulously constructed and sparkling with her unique wit. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Ros Ballaster, University of Oxford 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 also includes explanatory notes and textual variants between first and second edition. Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. Austen began writing at a young age, embarking on what is possibly her best-known work, Pride and Prejudice, at the age of 22. She was the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.

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    ISBN 9780141439662
    Genre FICTION / Classics
    Format Paperback
    Pages 409
    Publisher Date 2003-05-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Penguin Classics
    Height 7.75 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 0.74 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Penguin Classics
    Edition Detail Reissue
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Austen, Jane

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