Sense and Sensibility

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Name: Sense and Sensibility
Abbreviation(s): S&S
Creator: Jane Austen
Date(s): 1811
Medium: novel, various adaptions
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
External Links: Wikipedia
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Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen's first published book. It was originally published anonymously with only By A Lady where the author's name usually appeared.


It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, both of age to marry. It follows the young women to their new home with their widowed mother, a meagre cottage on the property of a distant relative, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The novel is set in southwest England, London and Sussex between 1792 and 1797.

Main Characters

  • Elinor Dashwood
  • Marianne Dashwood
  • Edward Ferrars
  • John Willoughby
  • Colonel Brandon


The book has been adapted for film and television a number of times, including:

  • a 1981 serial for TV directed by Rodney Bennett
  • a 1995 film adapted by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee
  • a 2008 TV series on BBC adapted by Andrew Davies and directed by John Alexander.
  • a 2009 parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters that adds sea monsters to the story by Ben H. Winters


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