From the Publisher
Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit
of Elizabeth Bennet. Her early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy
is a prejudice only matched by the folly of his arrogant pride.
Their first impressions give way to true feelings in a comedy
profoundly concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.
Edited with an Introduction by Vivien Jones
About the Author
Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: December 31, 2002
Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0141439513
ISBN - 13: 9780141439518