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Pride and Prejudice (Modern Library)

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ISBN13: 9780679601685
ISBN10: 0679601686
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"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 perfect 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. "Pride and Prejudice seems as vital today as ever," writes Anna Quindlen in her introduction to this Modern Library edition. "It is a pure joy to read." Eudora Welty agrees: "The gaiety is unextinguished, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished. [It is] irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."

This volume is the companion to the BBC television series, a lavish production aired on the Arts and Entertainment Network.

The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foun-dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hard-bound editions of important works of liter-ature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inau-gurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.

Synopsis:

"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 perfect 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.

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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emmejo, November 8, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Elizabeth Bennet is a smart and spunky girl in the eighteenth-century. Unlike her mother and younger sisters she does not spend her time trying to find a rich man and get him to fall in love with her; in fact she mocks those who do so and plans to never marry unless she falls in love first. When Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young man, move into a house not far away her mother is determined to get one of her daughters married to him or his even richer friend, Mr. Darcy. Jane Bennet soon catches Bingley's eye but Darcy seems to have a great deal of distain for the entire town, except possibly Elizabeth.

I had tried to read this book when I was about 12 and found it quite over my head. I recently decided to give it another go and am very glad that I did! The characters are wonderful as is the plot. I enjoyed the writing, it is very elegant and stately, yet has a spirit perfectly suited to our heroine's attitude.

I loved that this edition didn't have notes. I always find those frustrating and think that they make it harder for you to keep your mind in the time period the book is meant to be in.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679601685
Introduction:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Austen, Jane
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
England
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Courtship -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Library (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
v. 15
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.33x5.69x1.06 in. .92 lbs.

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