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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1813



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Jane Austen began writing the novel which later became Pride and Prejudice in October of 1796 and finished it by August of the following year; she was then twenty-one years old. Little is known of this early version of the story beyond its original title: First Impressions. No copy of that original is known to exist. Three months after Miss Austen completed work on the book, her father offered it to a publisher in the hope that it would make it into print. The publisher refused without ever having seen the manuscript.

Fortunately for all of her admirers, whether Austen was discouraged or not by her first rejection, she continued to write; though, it was not until the winter of 1811,
fully fourteen years after finishing First Impressions, that she again picked up that manuscript and began revising it into the version we know today as Pride and Prejudice. This occurred in the wake of her first publishing success - the publication of Sense and Sensibility on 30 October 1811. Pride and Prejudice was far more fortunate than its earlier incarnation; it was accepted for publication and was presented to the world on 28 January 1813.

Jane Austen's name was never attached to any of her published novels during her lifetime, and the title page of Pride and Prejudice read only: 'By the author of "Sense and Sensibility".'

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AMOROUS ENTANGLEMENTS AND WELL-DRAWN PORTRAITS

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Tom Jones
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Evelina: or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance in the World
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She Stoops to Conquer
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BOOKS BY JANE AUSTEN:

Pride and Prejudice
1813
Two of literature's most famous lovers, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, have to subdue their pride and overcome prejudices if they are to find happiness together.
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The Age of Innocence
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Social conventions in New York wreck the lovelife of upper-class divorcée.

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER
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[Joop ter Heul]
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At school and in love...

Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier, 1938
Leave it to the housekeeper to poke her nose in where she's not wanted...

High Fidelity
Nick Hornby, 1995
Immature music lover seeks ideal woman and ends up in the arms of his ex.

IN JANE AUSTEN'S FOOTSTEPS

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Whatever happened to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy after Pride and Prejudice was over?

Bridget Jones's Diary
Helen Fielding, 1997
Elizabeth and Darcy in the world of hotshot publishers and TV dinners.

SPIRITED HEROINES, á LA ELIZABETH BENNET
Major Frank
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Independent tomboy learns mores from husband-to-be.

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George Eliot, 1871-1872
Provincial beauty marries (second time around) for love instead of fortune.

Sense and Sensibility
1811
Mrs Dashwood and her two daughters must leave the family home and move to a small house in another part of the country. Soon Marianne and Elinor both fall in love, but they must first learn some terrible secrets before they find true happiness.
Emma
1816
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Persuasion
1818 (posthumous)
Differing from Austen's other novels in adopting a more sober tone, this one describes the ordeals of Anne Elliot, who has been persuaded by her family to reject Captain Wentworth. The novel opens several years later, when she is 27 and still unattached.
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