Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - now a Writers' Club classic fiction

Practical Common Sense might be missing, except in her humor-filled books.



About this book:

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.

Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books" such as The Big Read. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars.
The novel centers on Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the five daughters of a country gentleman. Mr Bennet is a bookish man, and somewhat neglectful of his responsibilities. Mrs Bennet is a woman lacking in social graces and primarily concerned with finding suitable husbands for her five daughters. Jane Bennet, the eldest daughter, is distinguished by the kindness of her attitudes; Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter, shares her father's keen wit and occasionally sarcastic outlook; Mary is studious, devout and aspires to be musical; Kitty, the fourth sister follows where her younger sister leads, while Lydia is flirtatious and unrestrained.

The narrative opens with news in the Bennet family that Mr Bingley, a wealthy, charismatic and social young bachelor, is moving into Netherfield Park in the neighbourhood. Mr Bingley is soon well received, while his friend Mr Darcy makes a less favorable first impression by appearing proud and condescending at a ball that they attend (he detests dancing and is not much for light conversation). Mr Bingley singles out Jane for particular attention, and it soon becomes apparent that they have formed an attachment to each other, though Jane does not alter her conduct for him, confessing her great happiness only to Lizzie. By contrast, Darcy slights Elizabeth, who overhears and jokes about it despite feeling a budding resentment.
(source: Wikipedia)

About the author:

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer.
(source: Wikipedia)

About the Midwest Journal Writers' Club:

This was created by popular request to enable any beginning or established author to improve their skills by studying quality editions of classic bestselling fiction. Join at http://midwestjournalpress.com

Related Sites

werewolf » Zombie Love: Chewing on the Entrails of Genre - In that context, I'm particularly intrigued by the mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graeme-Smith. Jacob Murphy has written an article on the novel for the journal Alluvium comparing it, ...
Jane Austen, Crazy Ants and Tricky Fish « Know - Last month, Janine Barchas, professor of English, and a team from the Liberal Arts Development Studio launched "What Jane Saw," an online exhibit, on the 200th anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice." The exhibit "will allow ...
Downton Abbey & Jane Austen; Or, in Praise of Lady Mary | Journal ... - With only three daughters, the Earl of Grantham lives a worry-free existence compared to Mr. Bennet of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Austen's gentleman (whose estate is also entailed away from his female offspring) ...
Pride and Prejudice named favourite book among English teachers ... - Pride and Prejudice has come out on top in a survey of UK English teachers' top 100 books for children - but only because the subject is dominated by female.
Class, Money, and Marriage in Pride and Prejudice | BritLit - Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is one of the most loved novels ever written. It continues to be near the top of lists of 'most loved.
Virtual gallery reconstructs art exhibit attended by novelist jane austen - The website takes advantage of the current digital toolkit to help transport visitors back to a specific event in 1813, the same year when Austen published "Pride and Prejudice." Today, the paintings that took part in that exhibit ...
Author event: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice - Wednesday 1 May ... - On January 28, 1813, Jane Austen received her copy of the book that she called her "darling child". Getting Pride and Prejudice into print had not been an easy task - though it would make Austen her fame, if not her fortune.
Enhanced by Zemanta

No comments :

Post a Comment