Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's classic novel of manners and mores in early nineteenth century England. As the Bennets prepare their five grown daughters to enter into society, each shows personality traits that illuminate their future prospects as wives. Jane, the oldest, is the most demure and traditional, and Lydia, the youngest, the most headstrong and impulsive. Attention centers...
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Overview

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's classic novel of manners and mores in early nineteenth century England. As the Bennets prepare their five grown daughters to enter into society, each shows personality traits that illuminate their future prospects as wives. Jane, the oldest, is the most demure and traditional, and Lydia, the youngest, the most headstrong and impulsive. Attention centers on haughty second-born Elizabeth, and her blossoming relationship with the dashing but aloof Fitzwilliam Darcy. Adversaries at first in the endless rounds of balls, parties, and social gatherings, they soon develop a grudging respect for one another that blossoms into romance when each comes to appreciate the tender feelings that course beneath the veneer of their propriety and reserve.
 
First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular tales of romance in the English language and a cornerstone of Jane Austen's reputation as one of the greatest novelists of all time. This exquisite collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging, and decorative marbled endpapers. It's the perfect gift for book-lovers and an artful addition to any home library.

At the turn of eighteenth-century England, spirited Elizabeth Bennet copes with the suit of the snobbish Mr. Darcy while trying to sort out the romantic entanglements of two of her sisters, sweet and beautiful Jane and scatterbrained Lydia.

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These inexpensive Collectible Editions are Barnes & Noble exclusives, only available in our stores and on our website. Each of these novels is by any standard a classic; from Oscar Wilde's ominous The Picture of Dorian Gray and Bram Stoker's eerie Dracula to the strange human mysteries of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and the nuanced social satire of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Attractively bound and exquisitely readable, these Barnes & Noble Bargain deluxe classics boast a price less than many, if not most paperbacks. Frugal shoppers can fetch even greater savings by purchasing the handsome boxed set, containing all six leatherbound hardcovers for just $70.00! Arguably the best buy of the month.

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Meet the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) never married but wrote some of the most immortal romantic novels in the English language.

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Biography

In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    Lovely versions of the collected works of the same leather series

    I am thrilled that B&N is now creating single titles in their leatherbound classis series. I tend to disagree with the review posted; I don't see, logically, how a single title could be as large as the other leatherbound classic books B&N has been putting out. Those are collections of several novels and this is just ONE novel. Unless you are expecting large print or something, it just doesn't make sense, the book is going to be a fraction of the size. The images of these books show lovely printed covers and does not show or say they have gold edging. They are, as listed, single works to be enjoyed, that look lovely on my shelf right next to the collected works of Poe, Austen, Shakespeare and the Narnia series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    This review is not of Jane Austen's work, but that of this editi

    This review is not of Jane Austen's work, but that of this edition/release itself.  I bought this from B&N as a gift to my girlfriend, mainly because it's a book I believe every woman should read, but also because she likes the color blue.  This cover has a nice appearance with a bright blue color and fancy lettering.  I began reading this the other day, and never have I seen such overlook on the part of the editors!  Within the first 16 pages I think I came across 5 or 6 errors in the text!  Periods before hyphens, spaces between letters in the middle of a word, the wrong letter typed in a word, changing the entire word's intended meaning, etc.  My favorite thus far occurs on the top of page 8, and reads: " Mr. Bingley was obliged to be in town the following day, and consequently unable to accept the honour of their invitation, &c." [sic]   Seriously?? "&c."?  Pathetic.  If you judge books by their covers and like pretty colors, then buy this edition.  If you prefer correct content and proofreading from a publisher, then buy another version.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the "ED"

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the "ED" in the gold circle (on the front cover and spine) means? that would be awesome.:)

     Just bought this book, LOVE Pride and Prejudice. Love Love Love. This book is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. 
    The edges of the pages are a pretty light green color, and the inside of the front and back covers have an Amazing feathery/peacock-ish design. And there is a yellow ribbon bookmarker. SO lovely. 
    A story this special deserves a beautiful cover like this:) 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Warning: book does not fit the collection

    I love books. Not only the stories in them but the books themselves, as many of you do. Naturally I was drawn to this leatherbound collection. I own 10 books in the series.
    This morning I received Pride and Prejudice, Huck Finn, and Dracula and was sadly disappointed. These 3 books do not fit in my collection as they were advertised to do. The books are smaller in demension, pages are not gold edged, covers are not illustrated. The books just have a much lower quality overall. The publisher definetly went cheap on us.
    I was looking forward to buying every book in the series that interested me in the future. If this is their new standard; count me out.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    I ordered this book because I wanted a nice copy of one of my fa

    I ordered this book because I wanted a nice copy of one of my favorite classics. I guess for $10 the quality really wasn't that bad. The pages were an unpleasant pea green though. Really wasn't feeling it so I returned it- I'll keep looking for something better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Timeless

    I am absolutely in LOVE with pride and prejudice! Having it in this beautiful cover makes it even better !

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Beautiful Book!

    I bought this book simply because it is beautiful. It looks great on the bookshelf! This cover and binding does the book justice. Great book with a great story inside. I highly recommend this product to those who collect books.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    This book is my favorite and I love the leatherbound version! it

    This book is my favorite and I love the leatherbound version! it's beautiful and fit's well with my other classics. You either love classic novels, or you dont. I do, and I was definetely born in the wrong time period. this book made me laugh, cry, and relate to all the characters. Jane Austen was brilliant!

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    A Classic!

    This is one of the few books I love to re-read.

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