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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $14.50
  • October 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97751-6
  • 448 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Sense and Sensibility

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Jane Austen (Author), Claudia L. Johnson (Editor, Princeton University)


Sense and Sensibility is Austen’s first published novel and the one now most scrutinized by historicist and feminist scholars, who offer new, complex readings of the work.

The text is that of the 1813 Second Edition (the origins of which can be traced back to 1795). The text is fully annotated and is accompanied by a map of nineteenth-century England.

"Contexts" explores the personal and social issues that loom large in Austen's novel: sense, sensibility, self-control, judgment, romantic attachments, family, and inheritance. Included are writings by Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Hannah Moore, and Maria Edgeworth.

"Criticism" collects six early and twelve modern assessments of the novel. Contributors include Alice Meynell, Reginald Farrer, Jan Fergus, Raymond Williams, Marilyn Butler, Mary Povey, Claudia L. Johnson, Gene Ruoff, Patricia Meyer Spacks, Isobel Armstrong, Mary Favret, Deidre Shauna Lynch, Eve Sedgwick, and Deborah Kaplan.

A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included.


    The Text of Sense and Sensibility

    MAP: England in the Nineteenth Century

    FACSIMILE: Title Page of the Second Edition (1813)


    1. Adam Smith, From Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)
    2. Samuel Johnson - Rambler No. 32 (1750)
      1. Idler No. 72 (1759)
    3. Edmund Burke, From Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
    4. Thomas Paine, From Rights of Man (1791)
    5. Mary Wollstonecraft, From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
    6. Hannah More, From Sensibility: An Epistle to the Honourable Mrs. Boscawen (1782)
      1. From Strictures on Female Education (1799)
    7. Lady’s Magazine (December 1798), The Enthusiasm of Sentiment: A Fragment
    8. Maria Edgeworth, From Mademoiselle Panache (1796)
      1. From Belinda (1801)


    Early Views

    1. From Critical Review, Unsigned Review (February 1812)
    2. From British Critic, Unsigned Review (May 1812)
    3. W. F. Pollock, From British Novelists (1860)
    4. “Miss Austen”, From Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine (1866)
    5. Alice Meynell, From The Classic Novelist (1894)
    6. Reginald Farrer, From Quarterly Review (1917)

    Modern Views

    1. Jan Fergus, First Publication: Thomas Egerton and Sense and Sensibility
    2. Raymond Williams, Sensibility
    3. Marilyn Butler, Sensibility and the Worship of Self
    4. Mary Poovey, Ideological Contradictions and the Consolations of Form: Sense and Sensibility
    5. Claudia L. Johnson, Sense and Sensibility: Opinions Too Common and Too Dangerous
    6. Gene Ruoff, Wills Patricia
    7. Meyer Spacks, The Novel’s Wisdom: Sense and Sensibility
    8. Isobel Armstrong, Taste: Gourmets and Ascetics
    9. Mary Favret, Sense and Sensibility: The Letter, Post Factum
    10. Deidre Shauna Lynch, The Personal and the Pro Forma
    11. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl
    12. Deborah Kaplan, Mass Marketing Jane Austen: Men, Women, and Courtship in Two Film Adaptations

    Jane Austen: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography