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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Pride and Prejudice was written by Jane Austen in the years following 1796 before its original publication in 1813. It is Austen's second published novel, the first being Sense and Sensibility.


Tells the story about the Bennet family and the relationships they are involved in. Mainly starring the romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.


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Pride and Prejudice is one of the most well known and beloved novels. Many during Austen's time and afterward have praised it.[citation needed]

Sir Walter Scott praised Pride and Prejudice in his journal, however, Charlotte Brontë's thoughts were very different.[1]


Pride and Prejudice is written in a style of free, indirect speech like most of Jane Austen's works and has been the subject of many different film and television adaptations over the years. First Impressions[2] is believed to be a first draft of the novel and was written before 1800. This is why many interpret the setting of the novel to be in the late 1790s, as opposed to the Regency period.[3]

Written primarily from the perspective of the female protagonist, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the reader follows her life and the lives of her sisters and the ever constant pursuit of marriage by nearly all of the female characters, excluding herself.

Even in the modern day, Pride and Prejudice is seen as an important book by many literary experts.[4]


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  2. Unpublished work. Found posthumously.
  3. The English Regency era spans from 1811 to 1820.