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Pride and Prejudice

ISBN-10: 1593082010
ISBN-13: 9781593082017
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Description: 'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' Thus memorably beginsJane Austen'sPride and Prejudice, one of the world's most popular novels.Pride and Prejudice—Austen's own  More...

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Book details

List price: $6.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' Thus memorably beginsJane Austen'sPride and Prejudice, one of the world's most popular novels.Pride and Prejudice—Austen's own 'darling child'—tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old. Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty,Pride and Prejudiceis as 'irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.'

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.

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