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Pride and Prejudice

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1813

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Introduction

Pride and Prejudice

  • Genre: Fiction; classic literature; “novel of manners”
  • Originally Published: 1813
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 1100L; grades 10-12; college/adult
  • Structure/Length: 3 volumes; 61 chapters; approx. 188 pages; approx. 11 hours, 35 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Misunderstandings and misgivings contribute to the complicated attempts at romance between protagonist Miss Elizabeth Bennet (second daughter of a country family of landed gentry) and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (a wealthy landowner) in early 19th century England.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Class and social hierarchy

Jane Austen, Author

  • Bio: 1775-1817; raised in Hampshire, England with seven siblings; never married; a keen observer of her brothers’ careers and family relationships, which influenced her work; moved to Bath in 1801 with her parents on her father’s retirement; moved to Southampton in 1806 with her mother and sister after her father’s death; published six novels, the first four anonymously; work not attributed until the posthumous publication of her last two novels; stories collectively provide perspective on relationships and societal roles of the period; works recognized as strong examples of the “novel of manners” subgenre which depicts the values and customs representative of a society of a particular era and setting
  • Other Works: Sense and Sensibility (1811); Mansfield Park (1814); Emma (1815); Persuasion (published posthumously; 1817); Northanger Abbey (published posthumously; 1817)

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