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ISBN13: 9780307278104
ISBN10: 0307278107
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This first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with more than 2,300 annotations on facing pages, including:

 • Explanations of historical context

Rules of etiquette, class differences, the position of women, legal and economic realities, leisure activities, and more.

 • Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writings

Parallels between the novel and Austen’s experience are revealed, along with writings that illuminate her beliefs and opinions.

 • Definitions and clarifications

Archaic words, words still in use whose meanings have changed, and obscure passages are explained.

 • Literary comments and analyses

Insightful notes highlight Austen’s artistry and point out the subtle ways she develops her characters and themes.

 • Maps and illustrations

of places and objects mentioned in the novel.

 • An introduction, a bibliography, and a detailed chronology of events

 Of course, one can enjoy the novel without knowing the precise definition of a gentleman, or what it signifies that a character drives a coach rather than a hack chaise, or the rules governing social interaction at a ball, but readers of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice will find that these kinds of details add immeasurably to understanding and enjoying the intricate psychological interplay of Austen’s immortal characters.


A sheer delight for Jane Austen fans, this is the first-ever annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world. Maps, illustrations & a chronology of events.

About the Author

Jane Austen was born in 1775 and died in 1817. The daughter of a Hampshire clergyman, she never married. On her father's retirement in 1801, the family moved to Bath for several years and then to Southampton, settling finally at Chawton Cottage, near Alton, Hampshire, which was Jane's home for the rest of her life. The novels published in Austen's lifetime were Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816). Persuasion was issued in 1818 with Northanger Abbey. Her minor works include her juvenilia, the novella Lady Susan, and the fragments The Watsons and Sanditon.

David Shapard graduated with a Ph.D. in European History from the University of California at Berkeley; his specialty was the eighteenth century. Since then he has taught at several colleges, and lives in upstate New York.

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Lyric, December 29, 2013 (view all comments by Lyric)
I really enjoyed reading this version of Pride & Prejudice; the annotations added a depth that would have otherwise escaped me. Many of the annotations expand on the world described by Austen, explaining details of the time (transport, fashion, etc.). There are also many comments focusing on Jane Austen herself, giving insight into her character. Reading an annotated novel forced me to slow down and savor the story. There are so many small details to enjoy, and so many witty exchanges, that could easily be missed.
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Love2Read, April 12, 2007 (view all comments by Love2Read)
This is a nice way to read classics, especially if it's your first try with them. They have explinations of words that mean something different back then, and social situations that are unfamiliar to us now. I've really enjoyed reading this.
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Austen, Jane
Shapard, David M.
Shapard, David
Jane Austen Annotated and Edited, with an Introduction, by David M. Shapard
Shapard, David M.
Young women
Domestic fiction
Literature-A to Z
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7.99x5.23x1.42 in. 1.32 lbs.

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