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Pride and Prejudice

Today is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a story full of wise and humorous observation of the people and manners of her times.

This famous novel describes the legendary romance in which the sparky heroine Elizabeth Bennet catches the eye of wealthy Derbyshire gentleman Fitzwilliam Darcy. But the couple must overcome “pride and prejudice” obstacles before they can be together.

Some facts and figures:

  • Jane Austen wrote to her sister Cassandra on January 29 saying “I have got my own darling child from London”.
  • The original print run of Pride and Prejudice was probably no more than 1500 copies. Today Pride and Prejudice sells worldwide more than 110,000 copies a year in over 130 different editions.
  • It was voted “The book the nation couldn’t live without” in the 2007 World Book Day poll.
  • It is the most frequently adopted book in the British Library’s Adopt a Book Scheme.
  • The opening line of the novel is one of the most often quoted (and misquoted) in English literature – “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is the English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life.She created the comedy of manners of middle-class life in the England of her time.




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This entry was posted on 28/01/2013 by in Books.
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