The romantic clash of two opinionated young people provides the sustaining theme of Jane Austen’s 1813 masterwork. Spirited Elizabeth Bennet is one of a family of five daughters; with no male heir, the Bennet estate must someday pass to their priggish cousin Collins. Therefore, the girls must marry well—and the arrogant bachelor Mr. Darcy is Elizabeth’s elusive match. An entertaining portrait of matrimonial rites and rivalries, Pride and Prejudice is timeless in its hilarity and its honesty; readers will immediately understand why Austen herself called the book “my own darling child.”
Originally published in 1813, this 2008 edition contains an introduction by Margaret Drabble, a new afterword by Eloisa James, a short biography of Jane Austen, and bibliography. This is part of Hewitt’s Lightning Literature & Composition curriculum. See Related Items below.