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The Annotated Sense and Sensibility

Format:  Paperback,

742 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 2011

ISBN-13: 9780307390769

ISBN-10: 0307390764

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From the editor of the popular "Annotated Pride and Prejudice" comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility "that makes this tale of two sisters in love an even more enjoyable read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2,000 annotations on facing pages, including:
-Explanations of historical context
-Citations from Austen's life, letters, and other writings
-Definitions and clarifications
-Literary comments and analysis
-Multiple maps of England and London
-An introduction, bibliography, and detailed chronology of events
-More than 100 informative illustrations
Filled with fascinating information about everything from the rules of inheritance that could leave a wealthy man's daughters almost penniless to the fashionable cult of sensibility that Austen so brilliantly satirizes, David M. Shapard's "Annotated Sense and Sensibility "is an entertaining and edifying delight.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2011
ISBN-13: 9780307390769
ISBN-10: 0307390764
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 742
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Austen, Jane

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal.

She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-05-01)

Shapard's third annotated edition of Austen's work follows The Annotated Pride and Prejudice and The Annotated Persuasion. As with the other volumes in the series, this one contains detailed and accessible annotations, a brief introduction, an extensive bibliography, a helpful chronology, and a series of maps, as well as copious illustrations depicting architecture, dress, landscape, and objects relevant to the text. There are other recent scholarly editions of Sense and Sensibility (e.g., the Norton Critical Edition, edited by Claudia L. Johnson), but this version will appeal to the modern reader through its facing-page annotations (eliminating the need to turn to the back of the chapter or text) and its topical bibliography on everything from outdoor sports to the fashions of the period. Austen purists may object to Shapard's invented chapter headings, while other readers may find them a useful addition.

Verdict: Recommended. High school through graduate school students will find this of value; casual readers and book club members will appreciate the thorough annotations and helpful supplementary materials.

-Alison M. Lewis, formerly with Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

From the editor of the popular Annotated Pride and Prejudice comes an annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that makes this tale of two sisters in love an even more enjoyable read. Here is the complete text of the novel with more than 2, 000 annotations on facing pages, including:

-Explanations of historical context

-Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writings

-Definitions and clarifications

-Literary comments and analysis

-Multiple maps of England and London

-An introduction, bibliography, and detailed chronology of events

-More than 100 informative illustrations

Filled with fascinating information about everything from the rules of inheritance that could leave a wealthy man’s daughters almost penniless to the fashionable cult of sensibility that Austen so brilliantly satirizes, David M. Shapard’s Annotated Sense and Sensibility is an entertaining and edifying delight.

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