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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice (1813)

by Jane Austen

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    Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (Shuffy2)
    Shuffy2: Beatrice and Benedick & Lizzie and Darcy- there are some similarties! This is my favorite of Shakespeare's comedies! Two characters who love to spar with words, 2 couples who love each other, and a bad guy! Perfect mix...
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    The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (carlym)
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    The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (humouress)
    humouress: For those who love Pride and Prejudice, and want to know more about the context it was written in, the annotated version adds depth to Jane Austen's work.
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    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (BookishRuth, Shuffy2)
    Shuffy2: Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton are both of the same cloth, a love story you can really sink into!
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    Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (dawnlovesbooks)
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    Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (chrisharpe)
    chrisharpe: Both novels offer a similar sort of wry look at the foibles of the English classes in the 18th / 19th centuries. Both are so carefully observed and deliciously written that they remain classics.
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    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (SandSing7)
    SandSing7: Wharton is as American as Austen is British. Read both works for a comparitive "across the pond" view on the novel of manners.
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    Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (carlym, dawnlovesbooks)
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    Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: Some Tame Gazelle was Barbara Pym's first book, but I would really recommend any of her works to admirers of Jane Austen. She has the same sensibility, the same grasp of the English social order and the English village, and populates her books with very similar people. But, more important, she has the same sense of humor, and the same marvelous touch with comedies of manners.… (more)
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    The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen by Janet Todd (aynar)
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    The Making of Pride and Prejudice (BBC) by Susie Conklin (aynar)
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    Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel) by Sherwood Smith (Jen7waters)
    Jen7waters: Although one is fantasy and the other isn't, Meliara has with Vidanric, the same problem Lizzy has with Darcy: prejudice. She keeps wanting to bite his head off when all he does is help her. Love them all!
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    Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (lucyknows)
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    Longbourn by Jo Baker (julienne_preacher, Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Longbourn takes place among the servants of the Bennett family.

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(Original Review, 1981-02-20)

If Jane Austen had never become a novelist, what would have happened? What would have happened to the British? Have Jane Austen's works become an antidote to a harshness in the world? Are they a key to disarming totalitarian societies? To making the world decide to be happier and freer? People read Jane Austen's novels to be entertained, after all. The problem with the world today is that it does not really know how to entertain itself or fears doing so - even in this busy, time-aware technological age - and even in Western societies where the hubs of the world's light entertainment have been developed in the last one hundred and fifty years (with theatre and music hall and all that) (and their milieu) would be far poorer.

For me Austen is brilliant at conveying the restricted options that women of this period and class had (privileged as they were). Marriage was really the only decent "career" option to them; everything else (spinsterhood and governess) conferred real loser status. Austen, while seemingly amused at the shenanigans centered around the game and rituals of marriage, also managed to convey just how desperate the situation could be for women (and their families) reliant on a "good match" - particularly if they chose badly or acquired "reputations" that knocked them out of contention for a solid "settlement". For all the emphasis on marrying for love, such as that between Mr. Darcy and Lizzie B - there was a very mercenary eye towards the fortunes that Mr. Darcy brought to such a marriage - the economic reality of marriage was never far from Austen's (or her contemporary audience's-) mind. Why do women admire D'Arcy so much? He was at best a toad for most of the book. In fact, a cut n' shut, modeled on one bloke until just before he goes to London, and someone else after that. No wonder he reformed - it's someone else! Captain Wentworth now, that is a man to admire, an exemplar of masculine virtue. Jane Austen had an exceptional understanding of women, but the young Austen knew very little about men.

For me, Austen reminds me of how little agency women of that time had - rather than making me nostalgic, it makes me grateful to be living in a time and society that allows far more options for women in how they can live their lives (as imperfect as they can often be).

I was also interested in the notes on the significance of the mourning clothing. Some years ago I read a book specifically dealing with the history of mourning costume in Europe. The conventions over the centuries are as complex as they are fascinating and elaborate. One snippet: in the 19th century, a widower marrying again within the mourning period, was expected to hold a "mourning wedding"; this included the requirement that the current bride wearing mourning for the previous wife for the duration of the mourning period's run (both in terms of the dress worn for the wedding), any wedding decorations were also expected to be appropriate to the period of mourning. ( )
  antao | Dec 2, 2018 |
how is anybody supposed to say that they possibly didn't like this? oh wait, that's impossible...everybody likes Jane Austen. ( )
  inescapableabby | Nov 28, 2018 |
It took almost exactly 4 months to the day to finish it but I loved every minute! I get it now! I understand what the "big deal" is! These characters will likely stay with me forever, and not just because we took 4 months to get to know each other ;-) ( )
  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
4.5 Could definitely see myself rereading this in the future if only to catch all the little things I'm sure that I missed! ( )
  Mandasony | Nov 6, 2018 |
I finally can say I read this classic - although I listened to it on audio. Being not big on romance stories, I focused on the language and wit, and I enjoyed it a lot. This was largele due to the silky-smooth voice of Rosamund Pike, her lively performance and wonderful British accent. I do wish for substance, however, because I there was none. I suspect I would have enjoyed it a lot less if I was reading it. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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[Recensionen gäller en nyöversättning gjord av Gun-Britt Sundström]

...men ”Stolthet och fördom” är en glad roman, tack vare Elizabeth Bennets frejdiga humör och relativa frispråkighet. I Gun-Britt Sundströms nyöversättning ges gott om utrymme för tvetydigheten i hennes repliker, för skrattet som bubblar under ytan.
 
[Recensionen gäller en nyöversättning gjord av Gun-Britt Sundström]

När jag läser Sundströms översättning blir det för första gången tydligt för mig hur skickligt Austen tryfferar romanen med små överdrifter, sarkasmer, nålstick av spydighet, utan att läsaren för den skull tappar engagemanget i intrigen. Humorn gäller särskilt gestaltningen av bokens karikatyrer, Elizabeths ytliga och giriga mamma mrs Bennet och den fjäskige och inbilske mr Collins, den släkting som aspirerar på att överta familjegodset.
 
In Pride and Prejudice, Austen turned up the dial that controls the temperature of comedy, giving it some of the fever of what we would now call romance... For Elizabeth Bennet is the most frictionlessly adorable Heroine in the corpus – by some distance. And, as for the Hero, well, Miss Austen, for once in her short life, held nothing back: tall, dark, handsome, brooding, clever, noble, and profoundly rich...No reader can resist the brazen wishfulness of Pride and Prejudice, but it is clear from internal evidence alone that Austen never fully forgave herself for it...

Pride and Prejudice suckers you. Amazingly – and, I believe, uniquely – it goes on suckering you. Even now, as I open the book, I feel the same tizzy of unsatisfied expectation, despite five or six rereadings. How can this be, when the genre itself guarantees consummation? The simple answer is that these lovers really are ‘made for each other’ – by their creator. They are constructed for each other: interlocked for wedlock. Their marriage has to be.
 
Satírica, antirromántica, profunda y mordaz a un tiempo, la obra de Jane Austen nace de la observación de la vida doméstica y de un profundo conocimiento de la condición humana. Orgullo y prejuicio ha fascinado a generaciones de lectores por sus inolvidables personajes y su desopilante retrato de una sociedad, la Inglaterra victoriana y rural, tan contradictoria como absurda. Con la llegada del rico y apuesto señor Darcy a su región, las vidas de los Bennet y sus cinco hijas se vuelven del revés. El orgullo y la distancia social, la astucia y la hipocresía, los malentendidos y los juicios apresurados abocan a los personajes al escándalo y al dolor, pero también a la comprensión, el conocimiento y el amor verdadero. Esta edición presenta al lector una nueva traducción al castellano que devuelve todo su esplendor al ingenio y la finísima ironía de la prosa de Austen.
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I "would rather have written Pride and Prejudice, or Tom Jones, than any of the Waverley Novels"
added by GYKM | editGeorge Henry Lewes, George Henry Lewes
 

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Collected Works {undistinguished} by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice Mansfield Park Persuasion by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey/Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Complete Novels (including Lady Susan) by Jane Austen

Emma / Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey / Persuasion / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan

Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer

Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds

Impulse & Initiative: What if Mr. Darcy had Set Out to Win Elizabeth's Heart? by Abigail Reynolds

The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater

The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street

Pemberley by the Sea: A modern love story, Pride and Prejudice style by Abigail Reynolds

Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice by Kate Fenton

From Lambton to Longbourn by Abigail Reynolds

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Mr. Darcy's Obsession (A Pride and Prejudice Variation) by Abigail Reynolds

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud

Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

Without Reserve by Abigail Reynolds

Pride and Prejudice [adapted - Oxford Bookworms] by Clare West

Pride and Popularity (Jane Austen Diaries) by Jenni James

Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell

Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill

Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers by Ann Herendeen

First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice by Alexa Adams

The Diary of Henry Fitzwilliam Darcy by Marjorie Fasman

In Want of a Wife? by Cathy Williams

Pride and Prejudice (adapted ∙ Heinemann Guided Readers) by Margaret Tarner

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Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues by Linda Berdoll

These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan

Mr. Darcy's Daughters by Elizabeth Aston

Darcy & Elizabeth: Nights and Days at Pemberley by Linda Berdoll

Pride and Prescience: or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet by Colleen McCullough

Suspense and Sensibility or, First Impressions Revisited by Carrie Bebris

Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued by Emma Tennant

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Sharon Lathan

The Second Mrs. Darcy by Elizabeth Aston

Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman

Presumption by Julia Barrett

The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins

Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins

Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead

Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Odiwe

Loving Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

From Lambton to Longbourn by Abigail Reynolds

Lady Catherine's Necklace by Joan Aiken

Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Jennifer Becton

Pemberley Shades by D. A. Bonavia-Hunt

My Dearest Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice Continues) by Sharon Lathan

Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Diana Birchall

Consequence by Elizabeth Newark

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice continues... (Pride & Prejudice Continues) by Sharon Lathan

Mr. Darcy's Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson

Mr. Darcy's Decision: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Juliette Shapiro

Mr. Darcy's Secret by Jane Odiwe

Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A tale of a gentleman and an officer by Karen Wasylowski

The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath

Excessively Diverted: The Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Juliette Shapiro

Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan

Conviction: A Sequel To Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice by Skylar Hamilton Burris

Pride and Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt by Amanda Grange

The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men by Jack Caldwell

Assumed Engagement by Kara Louise

Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel by Regina Jeffers

The Ballad of Gregoire Darcy by Marsha Altman

The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery (Pride & Prejudice Mysteries) by Regina Jeffers

Teverton Hall by Jane Gillespie

The Journey by Jan Hahn

Second Impressions by Ava Farmer

Pemberley Revisited by Emma Tennant

Illusions and Ignorance: Mary Bennet's Story by S. E. Ward

Deborah by Jane Gillespie

Colonel Fitzwilliam's Correspondence by D. W. Wilkin

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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.
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The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.
Do not be afraid of my running into any excess, of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good will. You need not. There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
"I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!"
Though Lydia's short letter to Mrs. F. gave them to understand that they were going to Gretna Green, something was dropped by Denny expressing his belief that W. never intended to go there, or to marry Lydia at all, which was repeated to Colonel F., who, instantly taking the alarm, set off from B. intending to trace their route. He did trace them easily to Clapham, but no farther; for on entering that place they removed into a hackney-coach and dismissed the chaise that brought them from Epsom. All that is known after this is that they were seen to continue the London road. I know not what to think. After making every possible enquiry on that side London, Colonel F. came on into Hertfordshire, anxiously renewing them at all the turnpikes, and at the inns in Barnet and Hatfield, but without any success; no such people had been seen to pass through. With the kindest concern he came on to Longbourn, and broke his apprehensions to us in a manner most creditable to his heart.
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Austen’s most celebrated novel tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, a bright, lively young woman with four sisters, and a mother determined to marry them to wealthy men. At a party near the Bennets’ home in the English countryside, Elizabeth meets the wealthy, proud Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth initially finds Darcy haughty and intolerable, but circumstances continue to unite the pair. Mr. Darcy finds himself captivated by Elizabeth’s wit and candor, while her reservations about his character slowly vanish. The story is as much a social critique as it is a love story, and the prose crackles with Austen’s wry wit.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553213105, Mass Market Paperback)

Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?

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In early nineteenth-century England, Elizabeth Bennett, a spirited young woman copes with the romantic entanglements of her four sisters, and her feelings for Fitzwilliam Darcy, a brooding gentleman.

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