By Jane Austen
'It is a fact universally said, unmarried guy in ownership of a very good fortune needs to be in wish of a wife.' therefore memorably starts Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of many world's hottest novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen's personal 'darling child'—tells the tale of fiercely self sustaining Elizabeth Bennet, one among 5 sisters who needs to marry wealthy, as she confounds the conceited, filthy rich Mr. Darcy. What ensues is among the most pleasurable and engrossingly readable courtships recognized to literature, written via a precocious Austen while she was once simply twenty-one years old.
Humorous and profound, and choked with hugely interesting discussion, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns via drawing-rooms and plots to arrive an immensely pleasurable finale. within the phrases of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as 'irresistible and as approximately wonderful as any fiction may be.'
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1782The American Revolution ends. 1788King George III of England suffers his first bout of mental illness, leaving the country in a state of uncertainty and anxiety. 1789George III recuperates. The French Revolution begins. 1792Percy Bysshe Shelley is born. 1793A shock wave passes though Europe with the execution of King Louis XVI of France and, some months later, his wife, Marie-Antoinette; the Reign of Terror begins. England declares war on France. 1795Austen begins her first novel, 舠Elinor and Marianne,舡 written as letters (the fragments of this early work are now lost); she will later revise the material to become the novel Sense and Sensibility.
In November Sense and Sensibility, the romantic misadventures of two sisters, is published with the notation 舠By a Lady舡; all of Austen舗s subsequent novels are also brought out anonymously. 1812Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm and the first parts of Lord Byron舗s Childe Harold are published. 1813Pride and Prejudice is published; it describes the conflict between the high-spirited daughter of a country gentleman and a wealthy landowner. 1815Austen舗s comic novel Emma is published, centering on the heroine舗s misguided attempts at matchmaking.
Although rooted in a didactic message about first impressions, Austen舗s exploration of the subsequent themes of pride and prejudice is far more textured than any superficial association with conduct manuals would suggest. The phrase 舠pride and prejudice舡 held currency in eighteenth-century literature, but, as the editor R. W. Chapman has shown, Austen appears to have borrowed it most immediately from the closing pages of Frances Burney舗s novel Cecilia. (In addition to reading the Bible and Shakespeare, Austen inherited a formidable tradition of eighteenth-century works, and the novels of Burney and Samuel Richardson appear to have influenced her considerably; she also turned to popular didactic tales and moral essays for her subject matter and was especially fond of the writings of Dr.
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