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  • Published: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099511151
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Pride And Prejudice




I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry - Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennett is young, clever and attractive, but her mother is a nightmare and she and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security and escape in the shape of husbands. The arrival of nice Mr Bingley and arrogant Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood turns all their lives upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099511151
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16 December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.

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Praise for Pride And Prejudice

“The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist”

Independent

“The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste”

Virginia Woolf

“Like Irvine Welsh, I am a great admirer of Jane Austen”

Alexander McCall Smith

“Another question I've been regularly asked over the past year is what models I had in mind when writing Curious Incident. Was it To Kill a Mockingbird? Was it Catcher in the Rye? In fact, the book most often in my mind was Pride and Prejudice”

Mark Haddon

“An incredibly funny, very upmarket love story with an enchanting heroine and the perfect romantic hero: a tartar with a heart of gold”

Jilly Cooper

“The Mozart opera of novels and again a transcendent union of structure and content in which unhappy marriage is the reward for those who show a weakness of character and lifelong happiness is a province reserved only for those "who truly know themselves"”

Kate Atkinson

“For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta Stone of literature”

Anna Quindlen

“How could these novels ever seem remote...the gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished, as comedies they are irresistibly and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be”

Eudora Welty

“That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with”

Sir Walter Scott

“The most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works”

George Saintsbury (1894)


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