Synopses & Reviews
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.
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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
About the Author
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
, 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 Kings College, Cambridge and a professor of English and American literature at the University of Cambridge. He died in December 1998.