Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen (1775–1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading.
Publisher/Date: UK: Flame Tree Publishing (c. 2017); Combined, Deluxe edition.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book in Fine condition. 480 pages with biography. Dimensions: 6 x 9.2 x 1.4 inches.
Description: This beautiful new book in the publisher's deluxe series of romantic fiction reads brings together two of Jane Austen’s most popular novels. Sense & Sensibility is much filmed and celebrated for its subtle irony, while Mansfield Park, a powerful and entertaining text, has a harder edge but is no less lacking in the undermining of its main characters. Jane Austen's stories of clever women, elusive love, and social mores have struck a chord with millions of fans who consider her work compelling, heartwarming, and essential. These enduring classics remain as enjoyable as ever.
In Sense and Sensibility Austen's perceptive portrayal of the Dashwood sisters, both wounded by love, Elinor is guided by "sense," or logic, while Marianne is guided by her "sensibility," or feelings. Both heroines suffer violent passions when they are separated from the men they love; while impetuous Marianne falls into paroxysms of grief over the ardent but fickle Willoughby, Elinor masks her despair when it appears that her true love is to marry a woman he no longer loves. All ends well in Austen's 1811 comedy of manners, her first published novel, in which it seems that a happy marriage can exist where sense and sensibility meet.
Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen's most morally complex and richly drawn novels, she paints a fascinating portrait of an upper-class family and the cousin who comes to live with them. Fanny Price, the timid and poor relative of the wealthy Bertrams, finds comfort only in her gentle cousin, Edmund, with whom she gradually falls in love. But the departure of the father on business, and the arrival of the worldly Henry Crawford and his sister Mary, irrevocably change the family’s fortunes. A penetrating account both of individual motives and social mores, Mansfield Park remains as fresh today as when it was written.