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Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen; James Kinsley
Pub date
Apr 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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  • Austen's most popular novel in an entirely new edition.
  • Uses the standard Chapman/Kinsley text.
  • New introduction discusses the play between truth and fiction, the historical context of the novel's composition, and the reasons for its continued popularity.
  • New notes are fuller and provide greater insight into the social world of Austen's characters.
  • New bibliography and chronology provide up-to-date resources for further reading.
  • New appendices on social rank and dancing.

New to this Edition:

  • A new introduction by Fiona Stafford, wide-ranging and highly accessible.
  • New, fuller notes by Fiona Stafford, providing greater contextualization.
  • New, up-to-date bibliography.
  • New, fuller chronology.
  • New appendices on social rank and dancing.

      
'This perfect indifference, and your pointed dislike, make it so delightfully absurd!'
  
Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and menide down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. If Elizabeth Bennet returns again and again to her letter from Mr Darcy, readers of the novel are drawn even more irresistibly by its captivating wisdom. 

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Jane Austen

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Volume I
Volume II
Volume III

Appendix A: Rank and Social Status
Appendix B: Dancing
Textual Notes
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Jane Austen
Fiona Stafford, Fellow and Tutor in English, Somerville College, University of Oxford, and Edited by James Kinsley, Deceased
  
Fiona Stafford is the author of The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin (Clarendon Press, 1994), Starting Lines in Scottish, Irish and English Poetry: From Burns to Heaney (OUP, 2000) and the editor of Lodore in the Complete Works of Mary Shelley. She is the editor of Austen's Emma in Penguin Classics.

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.
 

Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgements lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love.

In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. If Elizabeth Bennet returns again and again to her letter from Mr Darcy, readers of the novel are drawn even more irresistibly by its captivating wisdom.

To listen to Fiona Stafford of Somerville College, Oxford, introduce the novel, click on the links below.

Introducing Jane Austen

Origins of the novel

Reading Pride and Prejudice

Success and afterlife

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