Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen's beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Product details

  • 18+
  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 308g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, England, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0141439513
  • 9780141439518
  • 8,060

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Austen's perfect comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
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"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste." --Virginia Woolf

"Nobody has ever been slyer with characters than Austen." --Marlon James, "My 10 Favorite Books," in T: The New York Times Style Magazine
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About Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817. As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

Vivien Jones is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Leeds.

Tony Tanner was a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and a professor of English and American literature at the University of Cambridge. He died in December 1998.
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5.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Do I really need to answer that? ItÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s classic. ItÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s epic. ItÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s ELIZABETH BENNET for goodnessÃ?¢â?¬â?¢ sake! Of course I enjoyed it Ã?¢â?¬â?? as I do every time I read it. I love everything about this book: the language, the ribbons, the serious drama that reads as just a little bit silly todayÃ?¢â?¬Ã?¦ I love all of it. Most especially, though, I love Mr. Bennet. Ã?¢â?¬â??You thought I was going to say Mr. Darcy just then, didnÃ?¢â?¬â?¢t you? Ã?¢â?¬â?? Yeah, heÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s a dreamboat (a snarky, sarcastic, grumpy old dreamboat) but IÃ?¢â?¬â?¢m absolutely smitten with Mr. Bennet. I love him. I lurv him. I like him more than is appropriate for book reviewers to like literary characters. When I think about Mr. Bennet, I want to hug him, offer him a drink, or maybe just buy him a book. I hear he likes books. HeÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s, wellÃ?¢â?¬Ã?¦ heÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s awesome, and my mindÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s eye sees the happy ending not when Lizzie and Darcy end up together, but when a tearful Mr. Bennet tells me he is Ã?¢â?¬Å?quite at [his] leisure.Ã?¢â?¬Â? Yeah, he might not be the most fiscally responsible guy in the universe, but he raised five daughters and put up with a less than intellectual wife without killing anyone. HEÃ?¢â?¬â?¢S the hero. HEÃ?¢â?¬â?¢S the one who deserves the happy ending. :::steps off soapbox::: Um. Mr. Darcy is nice, too. Would I recommend it: Yes. I especially recommend it to my husband, who has no idea who Elizabeth Bennet is (luckily heÃ?¢â?¬â?¢s seriously addicted to the Thomas Covenant series and Dune, or IÃ?¢â?¬â?¢d worry about his literary literacy) (Yes, I just said literary literacy. Twice). Will I read it again: You betcha. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.show more
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