Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 480 pages, 2.66 × 1.65 × 0.43 in
Published: May 1, 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743487591
ISBN - 13: 9780743487597
About the Book
Of all Jane Austen's books, Pride and Prejudice has earned a special place in the hearts of the reading public as her best-loved and most intimately known novel. From its famous opening sentence the story of the Bennet family and of the novel's two protagonists, Elizabeth and Darcy, told with a wit that its author feared might prove 'rather too light and bright, and sparkling', delights its most familiar readers as thoroughly as it does those who encounter it for the first time. Jane Austen's artistry is apparent, too, in the delineation of the minor characters: the ill-matched Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Charles Bingley and his sisters, and above all the fatuous Mr. Collins, whose proposal to Elizabeth Bennet is one of the finest comic passages in English literature. And while she entertains us, Jane Austen teaches us the wisdom of balance, the folly of 'pride' and 'prejudice'.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in
possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
The first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is
among the most quoted in literature, and sets up the humorous and
ultimately timeless tale of proper English society, unspoken
intentions, and true love acquired. Pride and Prejudice is
a classic that adeptly traces the intricacies of social status,
manners, and relationship rituals in nineteenth-century England,
through which all the love between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
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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.