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Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed understanding of the writer and their work.

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

The first sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is among the most quoted in literature, and sets up the humorous and ultimately timeless tale of proper English society, unspoken intentions, and true love acquired. Pride and Prejudice is a classic that adeptly traces the intricacies of social status, manners, and relationship rituals in nineteenth-century England, through which all the love between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy eventually blossoms.

Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship. Each book includes discussion questions that help clarify and reinforce major themes and reading recommendations for further research.

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Topics: England, Regency Era, Romantic, Witty, Domestic, Love, Marriage, Family, Made into a Movie, Love Story, Feminism, Social Class, Comedy of Manners, Female Protagonist, Third Person Narration, 19th Century, Female Author, and British Author

Published: Pocket Books on May 1, 2004
ISBN: 9781416503040
List price: $4.95
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I've read all of Austen, and many think Mansfield Park is the best, but this is still my favorite. Witty, romantic, great plot and characters, all that a novel should be. Another one I re-read when I have run out of new stuff.read more
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As said in class, Pride and Prejudices isn’t a novel on the study of one character like in Robinson Crusoe but is a novel which displays how characters interact with each other. The story is mainly based on how girls at this time had to find a husband to get a status in society. It was of course much better to get a wealthy husband. That's why the beginning of the book, Mr. Bingley’s arriving in town creates enthusiasm in the Benett's family and their five daughters. They will eventually all have to try to find someone to marry, pushed by their annoying mother, but won’t reach this goal easily. Later, all couples formed seems complex at first, the reader not exactly knowing which can link them. Pride, prejudices, first impressions, passion, morale, social statuses, actual feelings? Fortunately, along the reading, it’ll become clearer that each couple has its reasons to exist, consequences of earlier events. It’s globally very interesting to see how characters can stop or help each other through the main character, Elizabeth, who is like a guideline in this book. In Pride and Prejudices, Jane Austen manages to pass a message about a society focused on men but also manages, paradoxically, to make of her book a romantic novel with a happy end. An entertaining novel to read.read more
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I've read all of Austen, and many think Mansfield Park is the best, but this is still my favorite. Witty, romantic, great plot and characters, all that a novel should be. Another one I re-read when I have run out of new stuff.
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As said in class, Pride and Prejudices isn’t a novel on the study of one character like in Robinson Crusoe but is a novel which displays how characters interact with each other. The story is mainly based on how girls at this time had to find a husband to get a status in society. It was of course much better to get a wealthy husband. That's why the beginning of the book, Mr. Bingley’s arriving in town creates enthusiasm in the Benett's family and their five daughters. They will eventually all have to try to find someone to marry, pushed by their annoying mother, but won’t reach this goal easily. Later, all couples formed seems complex at first, the reader not exactly knowing which can link them. Pride, prejudices, first impressions, passion, morale, social statuses, actual feelings? Fortunately, along the reading, it’ll become clearer that each couple has its reasons to exist, consequences of earlier events. It’s globally very interesting to see how characters can stop or help each other through the main character, Elizabeth, who is like a guideline in this book. In Pride and Prejudices, Jane Austen manages to pass a message about a society focused on men but also manages, paradoxically, to make of her book a romantic novel with a happy end. An entertaining novel to read.
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This was one of my favorite books well before the miniseries and film made that trendy. Maybe too trendy. It used to be my rather smug secret that a classic of the kind assigned in school was actually so fun--such a winning blend of romance and humor. And God, the awful professionally published fanfic that's popped up since the Austen films like Berdoll's cheesy novels--never mind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But the worse part of Austen's upsurge might be what Pride and Prejudice has become in the popular imagination, so that one of my friends doesn't want to read it because she has this idea of Darcy as the perfect romantic hero and that rather nauseates her.Yet in so many ways Pride and Prejudice is the opposite of so many romantic conventions as well as transcending it. It's at the opposite end of the temperamental spectrum from Wuthering Heights. Yes, this was written and set in the Regency era. Yes, there's a Cinderella quality to the tale given Darcy's wealth and the Bennets more modest circumstances. But what I love so much in this story is that it's far from love at first sight. Darcy is rude when we first meet him and earns every bit of disdain which Elizabeth originally feels for him. And his initial opinion of her? Not pretty enough to tempt him as a dance partner.The original title of the novel is famously First Impressions and the way this novel credibly develops the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth from their initial mutual contempt is a marvel. It's why this is so much more than a love story--it's a novel about perceptions, assumptions and prejudices and how they can be reversed and in the process of which cause characters to grow. That's why I see Austen as the opposite of Emily Bronte--love as a force for and as the result of growth--not destruction.Beyond the central love story this novel has so many wonderfully memorable characters. I love the relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and her father; his own marriage makes an interesting foil for the other pairings in the novel. Mr Collins is a comic marvel--as is his "patroness" Lady Catherine de Bourgh. So much of the novel is laugh-out-laugh funny, so much of the dialogue memorable and quotable. One of those novels that can be read and read again and discussed and you keep finding new things in it.
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The Bennett's have five unmarried daughters—from oldest to youngest, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—and Mrs. Bennett is desperate to see them all married. When the news that a wealthy bachelor Charles Bingley has rented the manor of Netherfield Park, Mrs. Bennett begins scheming to marry one of her daughters to him. At a ball that the Mr. Bingley and the Bennett girls attend we are introduced to Mr. Bingley’s friend Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley is quite taken with Jane, and Mr. Darcy is quite untaken with Elizabeth. Over the weeks as he interacts more with Elizabeth this begins to change. There is a mysterious fiancé and hurt feelings, but in the end Jane and Mr. Darcy reconcile and marry. This is classic Austin, I know that she has many fans and I know that when she was writing she lived in a different era for women, but I am just not able to reconcile the facts with me feelings. Being a on a constant husband hunt bores me, and yes Jane does assert some independence, but she is still a husband hunter who fears being a spinster school teacher. At least she isn’t willing to settle for the first bloke that asks or she would have been unhappily married to Mr. Collins, so there were some indicators of a strong woman. I think this is one of the reasons I can’t classic literature, I always want the heroine to say the hell with it and decide not to succumb to society and run off and become a successful businesswoman who never marries, even though I know it will never happen. Overall, though once my irrational suffrage rights feelings are set aside, it wasn’t a bad book. Little long winded in some spots, but that is the genre. Austen is a classic because she is a good writer and she tells a good tale. Overall I would say it was a 3 star read.
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This is a brilliant introduction into classical literature, thanks to its non-fussy, humourous style. It lacks the heavy description of other classical authors. The story hasn't aged at all.
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