Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Jane Austen

By Jane Austen

Satisfaction and Prejudice, by means of Jane Austen, is a part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which deals caliber variants at reasonable costs to the coed and the overall reader, together with new scholarship, considerate layout, and pages of rigorously crafted extras. listed below are a few of the amazing gains of Barnes & Noble Classics: All versions are superbly designed and are published to more desirable necessities; a few contain illustrations of ancient curiosity. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls jointly a constellation of influences—biographical, ancient, and literary—to increase every one reader's figuring out of those enduring works. 'It is a fact universally said, unmarried guy in ownership of an outstanding fortune has to be in wish of a wife.' hence memorably starts Jane Austen's delight and Prejudice, one of many world's preferred novels. satisfaction and Prejudice—Austen's personal 'darling child'—tells the tale of fiercely autonomous Elizabeth Bennet, considered one of 5 sisters who needs to marry wealthy, as she confounds the smug, prosperous 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 full of hugely wonderful discussion, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns via drawing-rooms and plots to arrive an immensely enjoyable finale. within the phrases of Eudora Welty, satisfaction and Prejudice is as 'irresistible and as approximately perfect as any fiction may possibly be.' Carol Howard, proficient at SUNY buy and Columbia college, the place she obtained her Ph.D. in 1999, chairs the English division and teaches within the Theater division at Warren Wilson university in Asheville, North Carolina. She has released essays on early British and modern African-American girls writers and has coedited books on British writers (1996, 1997). Her basic scholarly curiosity is the literature of 17th- and eighteenth-century England.

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In a letter to her niece Anna Austen, an aspiring novelist, she dispensed the now famous advice that “3 or 4 Families in a Country Village is the very thing to work on” (Letters, p. 275). Austen’s life appears to have been relatively untroubled, although there must have been painful episodes. The daughter of a respectable Anglican clergyman, she was the seventh of eight children in what appears to have been a happy, stable family. There were, however, financial troubles, and the Reverend George Austen was obliged to add to his income by establishing a boarding school for boys in the Austen home and by borrowing money from his sister and her husband.

In declining Harris Bigg-Wither’s proposal, Austen made a choice not nearly so dramatic in its disregard for economic considerations as that of her fictional heroine Elizabeth Bennet in declining Mr. Darcy, but one that was similarly impractical. It is hard to say whether Austen simply flew in the face of convention and unwisely put her economic future at risk, or whether she knew that with so many successful and dutiful brothers someone would maintain her somehow. Claire Tomalin suggests that Austen compared Harris Bigg-Wither unfavorably to Tom Lefroy, to whom she had had a romantic attachment several years earlier, one severed by his relatives, who were concerned about the imprudence of such a match—Austen was, after all, no heiress.

The only real defenses of women’s moral and legal entitlement to inherit property fall from the lips of the two caricatural aging women: Mrs. Bennet, who refuses to recognize the legality of the entail that will disinherit herself and her daughters, and Lady Catherine, who opines, “I see no occasion for entailing estates from the female line” (p. 164). The romantic narrative would also lead us to believe that Elizabeth should indeed be true to herself, for there is something terribly dull about the financially “prudent” marriage, and something disgraceful about the “mercenary” one, although the two motives amount to the same thing, as Elizabeth explains to Mrs.

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