Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
Illustrated by Philip Bannister
Introduced by Elena Ferrante

Jane Austen's first novel, produced in series as part of the Folio Jane Austen Collection.

Jane 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’.

This Folio edition is bound in gold cloth with a blocked slipcase to match the Folio editions of Pride and PrejudiceEmma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The illustrations are by Philip Bannister, whose work for Folio includes Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier.

Bound in blocked metallic cloth

Set in Baskerville

344 pages

Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations

Blocked slipcase

˝ x 6¼˝

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