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Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

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"All that can be said of one's happiness depending entirely on any particular person, it is not meant—it is not fit—it is not possible that it should be so."

What are two sisters of uncertain fortunes to do when the death of their father exiles their family to live in the countryside of southwestern England? Why, fall in love, of course! Through her deft unraveling of the dramatically different romantic fates of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, Jane Austen displays her singular mastery of the English language and her equally masterful invention of colorful and realistic characters. The author's appreciation of what it is to be human, grounded in her deeply convicted Christianity, illuminates the tale with special wisdom. In this, her first published novel, we see the sense and sensibility of Miss Austen herself, which combine to form the brilliance that shines forth in all of her works—a brilliance enlivened by her remarkable sense of humor and the affectionate kindness that could only be born of a gracious Christian spirit.

A look at the essays

  • "'Everything in Such Suspense and Uncertainty'—Suspense in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility" – Raimund Borgmeier
  • "The Indulgence of Sense and Sensibility: A Human Comedy" – Crystal Downing
  • "'Esteem': The Enduring Foundation of Marriage in Sense and Sensibility" – Mitchell Kalpakgian
  • "Why Edward Ferrars Doesn't Dance" – Theresa Kenney
  • "Marriage in Jane Austen's England: Some Context for the Courtships in Sense and Sensibility" – Jennifer Overkamp
  • "Marianne's Folly and the Rule of Propriety in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility" – Jack Trotter

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson situates the reader with the introductory essay.

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Meet the Minds behind the Sense and Sensibility Edition


Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson is the assistant executive editor for Dappled Things and assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review (StAR). She is editor of several Ignatius Critical Editions volumes, and has collaborated with other editors to provide footnotes for numerous others. Her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague (2011), is available through the kind patronage of Kaufmann Publishing. Her work has appeared in the National Catholic Register and Touchstone, as well as with First Things and The Catholic Thing. She and her husband, Professor Sam Nicholson, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their daughters, Beatrice and Veronica.

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Critical Essayists

Raimund Borgmeier

Raimund Borgmeier is professor emeritus of English Literature at the University of Giessen, Germany. He has been visiting professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in both Madison and Milwaukee. His research fields are Shakespeare, eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry and culture, special genres (science fiction and crime fiction), nineteenth-century fiction, and contemporary literature. In 2000, he was honored with the Festschrift Lineages of the Novel: Essays in Honour of R. B., ed. B. Reitz and E. Voigts-Virchow.

Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontës, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Her three books explore the relationship between Christianity and poststructuralism: Writing Performances (2004); How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (2006); and Changing Signs of Truth (2012).

Mitchell Kalpakgian

Mitchell Kalpakgian earned degrees from Bowdoin College (B.A.), the University of Kansas (M.A.), and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.). He has completed fifty years of teaching at a number of small liberal arts colleges including Simpson College (Iowa), Christendom College (Virginia), and Wyoming Catholic College. He currently teaches part-time at various schools and colleges in New Hampshire (Thomas More College, The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Mount Royal Academy, and New England Classical Academy). He is a contributing editor of New Oxford Review, writes for St. Austin Review and Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and reviews books for The Wanderer. He has published six books: The Marvelous in Fielding's Novels, The Mysteries of Life in Children's Literature, The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization, An Armenian Family Reunion, Modern Manners: The Poetry of Conduct and The Virtue of Civility, and The Virtues We Need Again. He has designed homeschooling literature courses for Seton Home School, and he also teaches online courses for Queen of Heaven Academy. He has written online columns for The Seton Magazine (, Truth and Charity Forum (, and The Civilized Reader (

Theresa M. Kenney

Theresa Kenney received her Ph.D. from Stanford and is former chair of the Department of English at the University of Dallas. She is the author of "Women Are Not Human": A Renaissance Treatise and Responses and several articles on Austen, Dante, and Donne. She is also academic program chairman for the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Jennifer Overkamp

Jennifer R. Overkamp received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and is an Instructor in the English Department at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska. She wrote her dissertation on the fairy tales of George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, and C. S. Lewis. Her scholarly interests include nineteenth-century British novels, teaching Shakespeare through performance, and the epistemological claims of Christian fantasy.

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Jack Trotter

Jack Trotter has a Ph.D. in medieval and Renaissance literature from Vanderbilt University (1995). He has published numerous essays on Shakespearean drama and, more recently, nineteenth-century literature. He also publishes frequently in Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

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