Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811)

Marianne is spirited and romantic, Eleanor is pragmatic and full of self control. After they are left in reduced circumstances by the death of their father, the two young women, along with their mother and little sister, go to live in a cottage, through the charity of a distant relation. What they need are rich husbands; what they want is love. But what is love? Is it romantic and impulsive, or something more sober and constant?

All six of Austen’s novels make great reading for young people and adults.

Poetry by Tennyson, Keats, Wordsworth, Shakespeare…

Fliss loves poetry, as did I when I was her age. I think most young people do, given access to it and time to just enjoy it on their own terms.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847)

Charlotte Bronte set out to write a novel in which a plain, unattractive character made a compelling hero. The result was Jane Eyre: unloved and unwanted. Do you think, she cries, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! A must read for all young women, and young men too.

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