Pride and Prejudice

ISBN-10: 0674049160
ISBN-13: 9780674049161
Edition: 2010 (Annotated)
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.146
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.

Patricia Meyer Spacks is a National Book Award finalist and Edgar Shannon Professor of English Emerita, University of Virginia.

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