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Austen, Jane

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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Elizabeth Bennet is the main female protagonist. The reader sees the unfolding plot and the other characters mostly from her viewpoint. Elizabeth Bennet, one of the five daughters of a country gentleman in 19th-century Hertfordshire, England, faces a dilemma in her future - as their father's property is entailed to a male heir upon his death, they will be turned out of their house and left to fend for themselves unless she and her sisters can find advantageous husbands, something which consumes her mother. Humorous and profound and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale.

The novel was originally titled First Impressions by Jane Austen and was written between October 1796 and August 1797. On 1 November 1797 Austen's father gave the draft to London bookseller Thomas Cadell in hopes of it being published but it was rejected. The unpublished manuscript was returned to Jane Austen and significant revisions were made between 1811 and 1812. She later renamed the story Pride and Prejudice

it is possible that the novel's original title was altered to avoid confusion with other works by M. Holford and H. Smith.


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