- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint. edition (December 31, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141439513
- ISBN-13: 978-0141439518
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8,819 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 and Persuasion, 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 King’s College, Cambridge and a professor of English and American literature at the University of Cambridge. He died in December 1998.
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Although I wasn't exactly enamored during my reads, I feel that was due to my lukewarm interest in the romance genre in general. Honestly, I can see why this novel's status as a timeless classic is well deserved.
Pride and Prejudice has a lot going for it. Lively and witty language; a diverse cast of characters that range from sassy and smart to lovable but dimwitted to annoying yet crafty with plenty in between; a fiery romance rife with tension and constant ups and downs; not to mention a few twists and turns on occasion, though I saw all the "big ones" coming a mile away; and to top it all off, countless side-stories that were interesting enough all on their own yet complemented the main story at the same time. One thing is for sure, I'm impressed by Austen's plot weaving skills and will never doubt the legitimacy of her legacy. She's an amazing writer.
So, in short, I'm happy to report I've finally found a romance book I actually liked. Hell, I might even be tempted to try another.
Pride and Prejudice was one of those books that I brought with me on a flight just because it was a book I didn't seem to get tired of. The writing style is classic Jane Austen-- with an exceptionally opinionated and witty heroine and a dark misunderstood hero who each has their fair share of prejudices and pride to overcome in their complicated relationship. In fact, the premise is so popular that it's been remade, rewritten, and parodied countless times throughout the years. I give full credit to its popularity due to Austen's exceptional writing ability and her talented skill in developing her characters.
This book needs no further accolades from me as I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother has probably already given it a go. It is no fluke that this is Austen's most popular work (Okay, it is, in fact, her most popular work) and Elizabeth is the most popular Austen heroine of all time. Girls of all ages and even some guys would probably enjoy this particular timeless story and its progressive heroine.
(1) It had numerous, really dumb typos. This needed some major editing because those typos really pulled me out of the story.
(2) Generally, the typeface was just too small.
(3) When someone wrote someone else a letter, the book would use a typeface that is apparently meant to appear like handwriting. While it's a fun notion, the typeface is very hard to read. It is not pleasing to the eye. So when Mr. Darcy writes that long letter to Elizabeth, it was pretty torturous reading, solely because of the typeface.
All that being said, I did love the illustrations. If you've read this book a million times and you just want an excuse to add another edition to your collection, this is a good purchase. Just don't expect it to be the most readable copy you own, due to the reasons I listed above. Everyone should read this book; just not this particular edition.