Pride and Prejudice - book cover
  • Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint. edition
  • Published : 31 Dec 2002
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN-10 : 0141439513
  • ISBN-13 : 9780141439518
  • Language : English

Pride and Prejudice

Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen's beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Editorial Reviews

"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste." -Virginia Woolf

"Nobody has ever been slyer with characters than Austen." -Marlon James, "My 10 Favorite Books," in T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Readers Top Reviews

The story is lovely as it always has been and is warmly recommended to all Jane Austen fans, fans of period dramas, anyone who is a royal follower (the Duchess of Cambridge is allegedly a fan) and anyone who loves a good book. That said, the Kindle version that I purchased contains several mistakes which can only be atributed to it being an OCR scan. Some letters are wrong, letters are added or detracted. For example I just read "and" where instead it should be an "an". I am all but through with the book now and have encountered maybe 5 such scenarios. A pity as it detracts from the presentation. But you cannot but love Jane Austen and the story of the characters she puts forth. The style and manners of the time period are almost inconceivable to be used in the present and the well formulated communications are all but foreign. The story makes for a lovely read.
E. Gopalakrishnan
I haven't read many books and this one wasn't the type that I would have preferred. But having read too few books since I was a child, I resolved towards the end of 2017 to read at least 12 books a year thereafter and ensure that at least one of them were a classic. This was the second classic. I had a hard time reading this at first. So many new words entered my limited vocabulary after the first few chapters that it was impossible to not notice how frequently I needed the dictionary. The author clearly has a word for everything and is very poetic at times when describing emotions of the characters. The language and dialogues among the characters are so dramatic and eloquent. Plenty of uncommon synonyms were used in writing this story. There were parts in the book when I thought the author sat writing with a thesaurus, picking alternate synonyms, one after the other. As anyone who has read about Jane Austen would know, she explored the lives of families in England during the times of gentry, the class of wealthy landlords and barons. She gives a detailed picture of what was expected of a fiancé at the time; how family, social connections and wealth was so important for a marriage alliance to be considered propriety in this book. Some of the expectations bore a striking resemblance to the customs that are associated with arranged marriages that prevail in India. I realize now that Indians probably got this from the British who colonized the place for nearly 200 years. The story revolves around a girl in a family of 5 sisters, who belonged to what can be termed probably middle class of today. It takes us through how her feelings for a wealthy young man transforms from hate to admiration. The story also illustrates how prejudice can affect one's opinion and how pride can blind one. I never imagined that I could enjoy reading anything but detective or science fiction but this one was really a pleasure to read. Thanks to the holiday season, I had plenty of time to read too. Looking forward to reading more of her works.
Well it's a classic and my most favourite !! So had to get this in the leather bound edition. If you looking for a leather bound edition this is perfect and if it's not in stock, contact the seller and they'll surely help you out and they are very good!!
Love it, love it, love it! Excellent book. It will keep you glued till the very end. You'll be left wanting for more by the time you finish this. Language can be a bit tricky, nothing a dictionary app cannot fix. The acrid language, piercing detail and the vivid picturization make this a worthwhile read. I'll probably read it again and again many times just for the pure joy of reading - there is something of nice and pleasant flow of her language. Now as for book and printing - very nice. The font used is Sabon instead of something ghastly like Times New Roman. Text size is quite comfortable. Paper quality is nice and has a smooth texture to it, although people accustomed to the bright off-white pages might be a bit disappointed at the not so bright pages. So my suggestion is to buy the penguin edition.
rolandReview Manmans
I love Pride and Prejudice. This review is not about the novel, but this specific edition. There was a beautiful, illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice published in 1894. This paperback is a poor replication of it. In all I paid about $20 for this copy. There were less than 300 copies printed of the original and can be found online for thousands of dollars. That is a pretty big financial commitment, so I started looking into replicas. I discovered this one and figured it was a nice way to dip my toes into this illustrated version. Overall, it is an okay copy. Some of the images are very pixelated, as shown in the photo. I have a screenshot of a scanned version of the original compared to what I received. The images in this paperback have far less detail than the original. There is a huge range in the quality of the images. However, this copy satisfies me enough and fulfills my wish of having this version. I wish more care was taken into the design of the front and back covers. The outside could have been truly beautiful instead of looking like a cheap knockoff. There is another publisher that does a hardcover copy of this 1894 edition that looks stunning. That one is priced at like $300 so I might upgrade to that in the future as a treat. I desperately want to get more copies of this book that are stunning. If you can afford it from the get go, I would probably go with that. If you cannot and are desperate for the peacock edition like I was, stick with this for now.

Short Excerpt Teaser

Chapter IIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?"

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

"But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it."

Mr. Bennet made no answer.

"Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently.

"You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it."

This was invitation enough.

"Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week."

"What is his name?"


"Is he married or single?"

"Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!"

"How so? how can it affect them?"

"My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them."

"Is that his design in settling here?"

"Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes."

"I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party."

"My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty."

"In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of."

"But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood."

"It is more than I engage for, I assure you."

"But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general you know they visit no new comers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him, if you do not."

"You are over scrupulous surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying which ever he chuses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy."

"I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference."

"They have none of them much to recommend them," replied he; "they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters."

"Mr Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves."

"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least."

"Ah! you do not know what I suffer."

"But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood."

"It will be no use to us, if twenty such should come since you will not visit them."

"Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all."

Mr Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develope. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper. When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.