Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

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Along with the plays of William Shakespeare and the works of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen 's novels are among the most beloved books of Western literature. Pride and Prejudice (1813) was in Austen's lifetime her most popular novel, and it was the author's personal favorite. Adapted many times to the screen and stage, and the inspiration for numerous imitations, it remains today her most widely read book. Now, in this beautifully illustrated and annotated edition, distinguished scholar Patricia Meyer Spacks instructs the reader in a larger appreciation of the novel's enduring pleasures and provides analysis of Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Lady Catherine, and all the characters who inhabit the world of Pride and Prejudice .

This edition will be treasured by specialists and first-time readers, and especially by devoted Austen fans who think of themselves as Friends of Jane. In her Introduction, Spacks considers Austen's life and career, the continuing appeal of Pride and Prejudice , and its power as a stimulus for fantasy (Maureen Dowd, writing in The New York Times , can hold forth at length on Obama as a Darcy-figure, knowing full well her readers will "understand that she wished to suggest glamour and sexiness"). Her Introduction also explores the value and art of literary annotation. In her running commentary on the novel, she provides notes on literary and historical contexts, allusions, and language likely to cause difficulty to modern readers. She offers interpretation and analysis, always with the wisdom, humor, and light touch of an experienced and sensitive teacher.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780674049161
Characteristics: 442 p. : ill. (some col. ), col. map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Spacks, Patricia Ann Meyer


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Jan 15, 2014

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time. While I should love it merely for the themes of not judging someone by their outward appearance or single meeting the fact is I love it because it's just a wonderful love story!

Oct 06, 2013

I LOVED this book! I didn't think it would be that great at first, with the old dialogue and "romane novel" theme, but I was proven wrong. The characters in the book can be found in modern day life, relatable, and each one has their own good and bad qualities. And the romance isn't "love at first sight" shallowness but based upon their personalities. If you want to read a romance novel that isn't filled with shallowness and stupidity, this is the one for you!

Oct 05, 2013


crankylibrarian Sep 30, 2011

NOTE: This is a review of the annotation, not the novel itself!

Annotated editions are a mixed bag. Ideally, they should clarify and enhance one's understanding of the novel without either getting bogged down in arcane detail, or inserting too much of the annotator's voice. The _Annotated Alice_ and the _Annotated Lolita_ are two outstanding examples, functioning as indispensable keys to complex "puzzle" novels.

The _Annotated P&P_ isn't in that class. It is quite well organized, with chapter titles (created by Shapard) helpful maps, and a detailed chronology of all the events in the novel. The notes on class distinctions, etiquette and protocol, and legalisms (such as the infamous entail) are extremely useful, and Shapard also provides interesting insights into character development, and how speech patterns indicate class. (Lydia's vulgarisms and bad grammar, while less obvious to modern readers, clearly mark her as inferior).

Yet there is a lot of repetition, (do we really need to have commonly used terms like "sensible", "wants" or "conscious" defined every time they appear?) and over-zealous explanations of terms most readers would likely figure out for themselves,(e.g.,loss of "virtue"). Shapard also tends to overexplain the characters' motivations. Still, a well crafted, well researched, yet very accessible guide, especially for Austen newbies.

May 01, 2011

Definitely one of the best classics I've read. Much better than the movie with Kiera Knightley!

The language was beautiful, and the depiction of romance between two young people is very sweet. Has made me a Jane Austen fan!

Apr 14, 2011

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my favorite classics at all times !!

I have read various variations of the book and have also read various sequel attempted to continue this amazing story !

No matter if I have read this book more than a thousand times I always feel like I have jut read for the first time every time I read it

This is a MUST HAVE to all the hopeless romantics out there !!!

Feb 05, 2011

I'm 14 and last year, I totally fell in love with the movie (with Keira Knightly). I've been dying to try it. For Christmas, I got a beautiful copy of this book and I was addicted to it. I LOVE it! I suggest it for 14 year olds and up. Also, I loved reading it and having been to Jane Austen's house in England, it was cool to imagine her writing it at her little desk!

debwalker Oct 17, 2010

Absolutely beautiful edition of P&P. Enlightening annotations and illustrations to enrich the reading experience and enhance our understanding of Jane's world.


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