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Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1991
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.24 X 1.09 (inches)
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Series: Everyman's Library
No novel in English has given more pleasure than Pride and Prejudice. Because it is one of the great works in our literature, critics in every generation reexamine and reinterpret it. But the rest of us simply fall in love with itand with its wonderfully charming and intelligent heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. And everyone is held fast not only by the novels romantic suspense but also by the fascinations of the world we visit. The life of the English country gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century is made as real to us as our own, not only by the authors wit and feeling but by her subtle observation of the way people behave in society and how we are true or treacherous to each other and to ourselves.
"Jane Austen remains the most misunderstood of great English writers . . . Austens is an extended, exploratory, dangerously subversive art, and is neither harmlessly decorative nor picturesquely provincial . . . [Irony] is the secret of the perfect self-sufficiency of Pride and Prejudice."from the Introduction by Peter Conrad
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After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby, Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austen’s identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.
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Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5August 18, 2007KathyJane Austen is my all time favorite author. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book. The characters, especially Lizzy and Darcy, are fully developed. They are intelligent, full of life, and very funny. Everyone, male or female, should read Pride and Prejudice! I've read it 6 times at least, and I glean something new each time. If you love comedy, romance, or suspense, it has something for you!
anonymous5 Stars Out Of 5September 5, 2006anonymousIt's a delightful book for one who enjoys wordy language, surprises and suspense, as well as a diverse variety of characters. One of the things that most intrigued and perhaps surprised me was the frankness of not only the characters, but the author herself. I sometimes think of people and more specifically women in history, as not being allowed to speak unless it's of extreme importance and unoffending. In this book the people (and, as I said before, Jane Austen) are painfully honest, sometimes with shame, sometimes without. Some of what is said is without thought or is strictly conjecture, in which case it is later regretted. But other things that are said are so true and seemingly wise. I found that the characters often said what I have before thought but been unable to put into words. Another thing that surprised me about this book is how much it relates to our every day lives, and yet this was written in another century, another culture. The best way I can describe this book is practical and down to earth. It is not overly romantic in my opinion, but I think it gives a clear picture of two very important things that are essential to a lifelong partnership, be it in marriage or friendship; respect and admiration. I don't mean to say that this book has no emotion, because that is certainly not true. I must admit that before I read it I thought it was a rather stiff and formal book. I was pleasantly surprised to find it full of expressive people and a variety of feelings.
Laura5 Stars Out Of 5November 13, 2003LauraThis is by far one of my favorite books. I loved it so much. Jane Austen was such a wonderful writer. She knew exactly what the reader wanted in a book and gave it to them!
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