Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
When Elizabeth first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lovely 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 the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle class life.
This edition is edited with an introduction by Tony Tanner.
About the Author
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 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 18 July 1817.
Jane Austen was extremely modest about her own genius, describing her work to her nephew, Edward, as 'the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory, on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour'. As a girl she wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were published only 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 (1815). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1817 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.
Format: Paperback | 400 pages
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7 x 1.7 | 266g
Publication Date: 1985
Publisher: Penguin Books
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom
A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Some minor, but obvious, damage to the cover including minor scuff marks, creasing and scratches, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with no creasing or tearing but very minor scuff marks. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. All pages are bordered by a minor, faint discolouring caused by age. No missing pages. An old aged, but still a clean, solid and readable copy.