Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen Information you may want to know about this author
Published by: T. Egerton
Publication Date: 1813

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in need of a wife”

These immortal words open Jane Austen’s second novel, the anonymously published Pride and Prejudice by the author of Sense and Sensibility. Mary Lamberton Becker tells us in her book Presenting Miss Jane Austen that the evening following Jane’s receipt of her copy from the publisher the Austen family read from it at dinner. After the reading, Jane commented to a neighbor who was dining with them, “I must confess that I think Elizabeth as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.”

The reader cannot help sharing Jane’s sentiment. Elizabeth Bennet exists as a character both unrestrainable by nature and impossibly constrained by circumstance. She finds herself the second of five unmarried daughters facing the impending entailment of their father’s estate. Their need to each make a good match, despite the lack of an enticing dowry or desirable social connections, is therefore even more pressing. Spirited, opinionated, and outspoken, Elizabeth refuses to sacrifice mutual love and genuine respect on the altar of future comfort and security. But first impressions are not always trustworthy, as Elizabeth and her suitor discover, and their chance at lasting happiness depends upon their ability to set aside both their pride and prejudice. A story as refreshing and charming as Elizabeth herself, it is a novel to be enjoyed not just once, but often.

Sir Walter Scott writes in his personal journal “Read again for the third time at least, Miss Austen’s finely written novel of Pride and Prejudice. That young lady had a talent for describing the involvements and feelings of characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I have ever met with. The big Bow-Wow strain I can do myself like any now going; but the exquisite touch which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting from the truth of the description and the sentiment, is denied to me.’

— Written by Johanna Bittle

Reprints

Pride and Prejudice Reprint

Pride and Prejudice
Reprinted in 2013 by The Folio Society
Reprint illustrated by Elena Balbusso , Anna Balbusso
Reprint foreword by Sebastian Faulks
Available formats: Hardcover
View on the The Folio Society site


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