Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the best known and widely read English
novelists out there, and her 1811 book Sense and Sensibility, which she signed
anonymously "A Lady," was the book that kicked off her career. It focuses on
Elinor and Marianne, sisters who are left impoverished after their father Mr.
Dashwood dies, whose estate goes to his son. They move to a cottage on a
relative's property where there are boys in the mix: the shy Edward and the
dashing Willougby. Romance and heartbreak ensue. The title of the book refers to
the character of each sister, though the words sense and sensibility held