PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN (Cambridge World Classics) Complete Novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Biography by James Edward Austen (Leigh) (Annotated) (Complete Works of Jane Austen) NOOKbook [NOOK Book]

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Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as ...
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN (Cambridge World Classics) Complete Novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Biography by James Edward Austen (Leigh) (Annotated) (Complete Works of Jane Austen) NOOKbook

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Overview

ANNOTATED:

* Contains literary critiques, detailed biographies, and detailed historical context


OVERVIEW:

Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, 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. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.

This Special Critical Edition of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Cambridge World Classics) is the only volume which contains the comprehensive biography of Jane Austen A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN by Jane Austen's nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh along with the complete unabridged novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

A Memoir of Jane Austen was the first major biography of the novelist Jane Austen (1775–1817) published in 1869 by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. A family project, the biography was written by James Edward Austen-Leigh but owed much to the recollections of Jane Austen's many relatives.


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The volume also employs PerfectLink (TM) technology which allows Nook readers to enjoy not only a fully interactive table of contents, but also the ability to click through to each section in the novel.
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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 and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth.

From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

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. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.
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    Read it over and over again

    I mist admit that when I first read this back in high school, I did not know what all the fuss was about. Of course, back then, I was forced to read this by my teacher Ms. Briggs, and back then, my experience with love and romance and marraige was virtually zero.

    Rereading this now 10 years later, however, I was struck like a bolt of lightening. This is a work of genius, and I was awestruck by how many insights into human nature can be found on almost every page.

    This Nook version is great, because it also comes with an adoring biography of Jane Austen by her nephew ... and the price is just brilliant.

    5 stars and very higly recommended.

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