Author(s): Jane Austen
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.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was the seventh child of a parish rector. She died unmarried, leaving behind an immortal body of work. Cathleen Schine (foreword) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Three Weissmanns of Westport - a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility. She has contributed to various New York publications. Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and author of the bestselling novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry and the graphic novels The Adventuress, Three Incestuous Sisters, and The Night Bookmobile.