Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion

Hard Cover. London, Edinburgh, and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1910. Good.


Publisher's flexible maroon morocco boards, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt to spine, red marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. A good copy with significant wear to extremities and abrasions to boards, a bit of loss to spine ends and corners, rubbing to top edge of text block, rough closed tear to title page not affecting text, else a clean interior. Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility, was originally published anonymously, with only the words "By A Lady" to identify its author. The story follows three sisters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret Dashwood, as they travel with their mother to live with a distant relative after being denied their rightful inheritance after the passing of their father. A coming of age story, the tale deals with love and heartbreak as the young women get accustomed to their new surroundings. Critical interpretations of the work range in theme from its supposed instructions on conduct to its portrayal of the patriarchy and critique of social norms. Notably, the novel remains one of Austen's most well-known works and has been adapted many times for stage and film. Persuasion, Austen's last novel, was not published until after her death. One of her more mature pieces of writing, the story tells of two sweethearts' second chance at love.


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