Jane Austen is arguably the finest female novelist who ever lived and Pride and Prejudice is arguably the finest, and is certainly the most popular, of her novels. An undoubted classic of world literature, its profound Christian morality is all too often missed or wilfully overlooked by today's (post)modern critics. Yet Austen saw the follies and foibles of human nature, and the frictions and fidelities of family life, with an incisive eye that penetrates to the very heart of the human condition. This edition of Austen's masterpiece includes an introduction by Professor Christopher Blum and several insightful critical essays by leading Austen scholars.
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When Charles Bingley, a young but wealthy nobleman, moves into a nearby estate, it is cause for much excitement, especially for the Bennet family (with five unmarried daughters). Charles takes an immediate liking to the oldest daughter, Jane, but the true romance and story revolves around the headstrong second daughter, Elizabeth. Charles's friend Mr. Darcy finds himself gradually enticed by Elizabeth's wit and charm (though the two are initially cold and unreceptive towards each other). Perhaps the most famous of Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice provides an entertaining look into 19th century English country life and into one of literature's most famous courtships. We offer several editions of this popular novel, which are all paperback and unabridged. ~ Enh