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Introduction by Anna Quindlen

Commentary by Margaret Oliphant, George Saintsbury, Mark Twain, A. C. Bradley, Walter A. Raleigh, and Virginia Woolf


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that 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. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”


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Anna Quindlen writes the Introduction for this edition of the classic comedy of manners between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet.

About the Author

Though the domain of Jane Austens novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her familys entertainment. As a clergymans daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. At twenty-one, she began a novel called “The First Impressions” an early version of Pride and Prejudice. In 1801, on her fathers retirement, the family moved to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815).

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. Austens 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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larson514, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by larson514)
I've read Pride and Prejudice so many times but every time I do I always find stuff I miss. Elizabeth Bennet's and Mr. Darcy's love story is better then Romeo and Juliet.
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Trissca, October 21, 2012 (view all comments by Trissca)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feeling or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”

Enter the world of the Miss Bennets, the amiable Mr. Bingley, the loved by most, Mr. Wickham, The silly headed clergyman, Mr. Collins; and the proud Mr. Darcy. This world is full of women in dresses, and men in top hats, pride and prejudice, broken hearts and wit, scandal and romance, money and love. Dive into the world where you may not want to trust your first impressions; as the saying goes, it’s more than meets the eye.
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Jennifer Hensley, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by Jennifer Hensley)
I have the pleasure of teaching a class on Jane Austen next month, and I am so thrilled! This has been one of my long-time
favorites: it's witty, clever, and so ahead of it's time. The characters in Pride and Prejudice are strong and delightful; they are fully developed and round, so much so that Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are commonly known in the world of literature. Jane Austen is a brilliant writer, and her satire sharp and humorous. This is a book you will read over and over again, it is so delicious.
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Quindlen, Anna
Quindlen, Anna
Austen, Jane
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