Sense and Sensibility was first published anonymously in 1811. The novel tells the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, both of age to marry, following their life in a country cottage, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.
Jane Austen is one of the most enduring and skilled English novelists. The main heroine of Sense and Sensibility, Marianne Dashwood, wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss -, the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.