Press Release Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
Introduced by Elena Ferrante
Illustrated by Philip Bannister
The Folio Society is delighted to add Sense and Sensibility to its new series of Austen’s novels. At the heart of this extraordinary first novel is a portrait of the relationship between two loving but very different sisters: Elinor and Marianne. The story of the battle between head and heart, sense and sensibility, is one of the best-loved in English literature. It brims with Austen’s characteristic wry humour, her sharp eye for the nuances of class and conversation, and her sympathy for the plight of unmarried women at a time when marriage and money were the only guarantees of a respectable future.
Austen began Sense and Sensibility when she was barely 20. It was published 16 years later, in 1811, at her own expense; the only clue to the novel’s authorship was the inscription ‘By a lady’. In her introduction to this edition, the best-selling Italian author Elena Ferrante – a notoriously private figure whose true identity remains unknown – suggests that Austen’s anonymity only makes her work more intriguing. Whoever Austen was, writes Ferrante, she was ‘an extremely cultured, extremely perceptive lady who was well acquainted with the ways of the landed gentry, who knew the rituals of the London bourgeoisie, who was aware of how unstable the world is – of how everything changes in spite of sense and in the tumult of sensibility’.
Sense and Sensibility is bound in gold cloth with a blocked slipcase to match the Folio editions of Pride and Prejudice and Emma. The illustrations are by Philip Bannister, whose work for Folio includes Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier.
To accompany its publication, The Folio Society has reissued A Memoir of Jane Austen by her nephew J. E. Austen-Leigh, a book which remains the prime source for what little we know about the novelist’s life. This edition, first published by Folio in 1989, features an introduction by Fay Weldon and numerous images, re-sourced in colour for this reissue. The binding has also been redesigned to complement our recent editions of Austen’s novels.
Bound in cloth, blocked with a design by Philip Bannister. Set in Baskerville. 344 pages. 8 colour illustrations. Slipcase blocked on front. 9½” x 6¼”.
UK £34.95 US $59.95 Can $69.95 Aus $76.95
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