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Pride and Prejudice by [Jane Austen]
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Pride and Prejudice Kindle Edition

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael," the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage--tracing the intricacies (not to mention the economics) of 19th-century British mating rituals with a sure hand and an unblinking eye. As usual, Austen trains her sights on a country village and a few families--in this case, the Bennets, the Philips, and the Lucases. Into their midst comes Mr. Bingley, a single man of good fortune, and his friend, Mr. Darcy, who is even richer. Mrs. Bennet, who married above her station, sees their arrival as an opportunity to marry off at least one of her five daughters. Bingley is complaisant and easily charmed by the eldest Bennet girl, Jane; Darcy, however, is harder to please. Put off by Mrs. Bennet's vulgarity and the untoward behavior of the three younger daughters, he is unable to see the true worth of the older girls, Jane and Elizabeth. His excessive pride offends Lizzy, who is more than willing to believe the worst that other people have to say of him; when George Wickham, a soldier stationed in the village, does indeed have a discreditable tale to tell, his words fall on fertile ground.

Having set up the central misunderstanding of the novel, Austen then brings in her cast of fascinating secondary characters: Mr. Collins, the sycophantic clergyman who aspires to Lizzy's hand but settles for her best friend, Charlotte, instead; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy's insufferably snobbish aunt; and the Gardiners, Jane and Elizabeth's low-born but noble-hearted aunt and uncle. Some of Austen's best comedy comes from mixing and matching these representatives of different classes and economic strata, demonstrating the hypocrisy at the heart of so many social interactions. And though the novel is rife with romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals, disastrous elopements, and a requisite happy ending for those who deserve one, Austen never gets so carried away with the romance that she loses sight of the hard economic realities of 19th-century matrimonial maneuvering. Good marriages for penniless girls such as the Bennets are hard to come by, and even Lizzy, who comes to sincerely value Mr. Darcy, remarks when asked when she first began to love him: "It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley." She may be joking, but there's more than a little truth to her sentiment, as well. Jane Austen considered Elizabeth Bennet "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print". Readers of Pride and Prejudice would be hard-pressed to disagree. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist who is world renowned and is known primarily for her six major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her most highly praised novel during her lifetime was Pride and Prejudice, her second published novel. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security.

The author's major novels are rarely out of print today, although they were first published anonymously and brought her little fame and brief reviews during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation as an author occurred in 1869, fifty-two years after her death, when her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider audience. Austen's most successful novel during her lifetime was Pride and Prejudice, which went through two editions at the time. Her third published novel was Mansfield Park, which (despite being largely overlooked by reviewers) was successful during her lifetime.

Between 1793 and 1795 Austen wrote Lady Susan, considered her most ambitious and sophisticated early novel.It is unlike Austen's other work; biographer Claire Tomalin describes the novella's heroine as a sexual predator who uses her intelligence and charm to manipulate, betray and abuse lovers, friends and family.

One of England's favorite and best authors, she is best known for her social commentary in novels.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01NH0W3ZB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Enhanced Media Publishing (December 28, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 28, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 573 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 446 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars For those that want the Peacock Edition Paperback...
By roland on May 29, 2020
I love Pride and Prejudice. This review is not about the novel, but this specific edition. There was a beautiful, illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice published in 1894. This paperback is a poor replication of it. In all I paid about $20 for this copy. There were less than 300 copies printed of the original and can be found online for thousands of dollars. That is a pretty big financial commitment, so I started looking into replicas. I discovered this one and figured it was a nice way to dip my toes into this illustrated version. Overall, it is an okay copy. Some of the images are very pixelated, as shown in the photo. I have a screenshot of a scanned version of the original compared to what I received. The images in this paperback have far less detail than the original. There is a huge range in the quality of the images. However, this copy satisfies me enough and fulfills my wish of having this version. I wish more care was taken into the design of the front and back covers. The outside could have been truly beautiful instead of looking like a cheap knockoff.

There is another publisher that does a hardcover copy of this 1894 edition that looks stunning. That one is priced at like $300 so I might upgrade to that in the future as a treat. I desperately want to get more copies of this book that are stunning. If you can afford it from the get go, I would probably go with that. If you cannot and are desperate for the peacock edition like I was, stick with this for now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never seen a font so small in a book
By Review Man on August 4, 2020
I bought "Pride and Prejudice" from them and when the book arrived it was the size of a magazine. I've never seen such a small font in a book. It was like trying to read the back of a medicine bottle. Then I bought "Animal Farm" from them and didn't start reading it until the return window had passed. I get to page 116 and find I'm missing 32 pages ... next page after 116 was 133. So now what? It was only $9 but sheesh. I won't be buying any more books from theses people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, not without a reason!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, not without a reason!
Reviewed in India on June 10, 2018
Love it, love it, love it! Excellent book. It will keep you glued till the very end. You'll be left wanting for more by the time you finish this. Language can be a bit tricky, nothing a dictionary app cannot fix. The acrid language, piercing detail and the vivid picturization make this a worthwhile read. I'll probably read it again and again many times just for the pure joy of reading - there is something of nice and pleasant flow of her language.

Now as for book and printing - very nice. The font used is Sabon instead of something ghastly like Times New Roman. Text size is quite comfortable. Paper quality is nice and has a smooth texture to it, although people accustomed to the bright off-white pages might be a bit disappointed at the not so bright pages. So my suggestion is to buy the penguin edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!❤️
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!❤️
Reviewed in India on October 29, 2018
Well it's a classic and my most favourite !! So had to get this in the leather bound edition.
If you looking for a leather bound edition this is perfect and if it's not in stock, contact the seller and they'll surely help you out and they are very good!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars There is a word for everything
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is an OCR (scanned) copy of the book
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