Review by Choice Review
Spacks (emer., Univ. of Virginia) has a history of editing and teaching the classics of literature. She has edited several Norton anthologies, as well as other novels by Austen. This annotated edition posits that the sisters, Marianne and Elinor, are not opposites as they are often portrayed, but rather are both composed of imperfect combinations of sense and sensibility, an imbalance that diminishes, but does not resolve, by the end of the novel. Spacks also suggests that the men they marry are not truly providing a happy ending for the sisters, but merely allowing them to make the best of a bad situation, trapped as they are by want of money and power. Extensive footnotes provide definitions of words; explanations of money, history, and culture at the time of writing and original publication; popular cultural perception and interpretations of the novel; and current trends in academic discourse. The volume includes gorgeous color photos--movie stills, contemporaneous works of art, and sketches from earlier illustrated editions. Clearly a masterwork of Austen scholarship, this edition of Sense and Sensibility is based on a great deal of knowledge and love of the topic. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. R. Stone College of Mt. St. Joseph
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Review by Library Journal Review
Austen is the hot property of the entertainment world with new feature film versions of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility on the silver screen and Pride and Prejudice hitting the TV airwaves on PBS. Such high visibility will inevitably draw renewed interest in the original source materials. These new Modern Library editions offer quality hardcovers at affordable prices. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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