Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners is one of the most universally loved and admired English novels of all time.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
The Bennets are a family of five daughters, and with no male heir, the Bennet estate must someday pass to their priggish cousin Mr. Collins. Therefore, with no fortune or security of their own, the girls must marry well—and thus is launched the story of spirited and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet and the arrogant and aloof bachelor Mr. Darcy.
An entertaining portrait of nineteenth century matrimonial rites and rivalries, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is timeless in its hilarity and honesty. As Elizabeth and Darcy’s first impressions lead to civilized sparring and ultimately true and enduring love, it becomes clear why this masterwork renowned for its romance and wit.
With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble
and an Afterword by Eloisa James
Praise for Pride and Prejudice
“[Austen] had a talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is…the most wonderful I ever met.”—Sir Walter Scott