Pride and Prejudice

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 M07 27 - 540 pages
'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' With this famous declaration Jane Austen launches into the story of the five Bennet sisters. It is a story that on first reading is full of suspense, surprise and, ultimately, satisfaction, and which on re-reading commands, in addition, admiration for the author's supreme skill in managing a deceptively complex plot to its triumphant conclusion. First published in 1813, and Austen's most popular novel in her own lifetime, Pride and Prejudice has since been widely recognised as one of the finest novels in the English language. This volume, first published in 2006, provides comprehensive explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction covering the context and publication history of the work, a chronology of Austen's life and an authoritative textual apparatus. This edition is an indispensable resource for all scholars and readers of Austen.
 

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Contents

Chapter 9
199
Chapter 10
204
Chapter 11
210
Chapter 12
217
Chapter 13
226
Chapter 14
233
Chapter 15
238
Chapter 16
242
Chapter 5
311
Chapter 6
324
Chapter 7
332
Chapter 8
340
Chapter 9
348
Chapter 10
355
Chapter 11
365
Chapter 12
375

Chapter 17
248
Chapter 18
254
Chapter 19
262
Chapter 1
271
Chapter 2
287
Chapter 3
295
Chapter 4
301
Chapter 13
381
Chapter 14
389
Chapter 15
399
Chapter 16
405
Chapter 17
413
Chapter 18
421
Chapter 19
427

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About the author (2006)

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. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

Pat Rogers is DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida.

Pat Rogers is DeBartolo Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida.

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