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Expert To Discuss 'Sense and Sensibility' At Westport Library On April 9

The Westport Library will be hosting a discussion about Jane Austen's famous novel on April 9.
The Westport Library will be hosting a discussion about Jane Austen's famous novel on April 9. Photo Credit: Jane Austen - Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin

WESTPORT, Conn. -- As a part of the Westport Library program "A Year of Reading Jane Austen," Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale College will lead a discussion of "Sense and Sensibility" on Saturday, April 9.

The program, offered in partnership with the Jane Austen Society North America, Connecticut Region, is free and open to the public. The novel was Austen's first published work, appearing in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady," since female authors were uncommon and frowned upon.

A work of romantic fiction, the novel is set in southwest England, London and the English county Kent between 1792 and 1797. It portrays the lives of the Dashwood sisters, following the young women to their new home, a meager cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

The novel sold steadily through its first edition and required a second edition in 1813. With that, Austen saw her first profits as an author, found her voice and her audience.

Schenker has frequently lectured on Austen's works. In the summer of 2013, he was the featured speaker at a conference of the Connecticut chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. He's senior associate dean of Yale College and dean of academic affairs. He received his PhD in English literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University and Trinity College.

He lectures frequently on literature and film for public audiences, and he's led book discussion series in public libraries and other venues in Connecticut for over 30 years.

The talk will begin at 2 p.m. in the library's McManus Room. The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Rd. To keep up to date on library events, visit its webpage, or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

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