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Named in many surveys as Britain's best-loved work of fiction, Pride and Prejudice is now a global brand, with film and television adaptations making Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy household names. With a combination of original readings and factual background information, this Companion investigates some of the sources of the novel's power. It explores key themes and topics in detail: money, land, characters and style. The history of the book's composition and first publication is set out, both in individual essays and in the section of chronology. Chapters on the critical reception, adaptations and cult of the novel reveal why it has become an enduing classic with a unique and timeless appeal.


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Guide to Further reading

Primary editions

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen.

Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice. Ed. Pat Rogers. Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Le Faye, Deirdre, ed. Jane Austen’s Letters. 4th edn. Oxford University Press, 2011.

On the text

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Bonaparte, Felicia.Conjecturing Possibilities: Reading and Misreading Texts in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.’ Studies in the Novel 37.2 (2005), pp. 141–61.
Bradbrook, Frank W.Jane Austen and Her Predecessors. Cambridge University Press, 1966.
Brownstein, Rachel M.Why Jane Austen?New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
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Duckworth, Alistair M.The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971.
Emsley, Sarah.Jane Austen’s Philosophy of the Virtues. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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Tanner, Tony.Jane Austen. Basingstoke and New York: Macmillan, 1986.
Todd, Janet.Introduction to Jane Austen. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

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Andrews, Malcolm.The Search for the Picturesque: Landscape Aesthetics and Tourism in Britain, 1760–1800. Stanford University Press, 1989.
Archer, John.Architecture and Suburbia: From English Villa to American Dream House, 1690–2000. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
Armstrong, Nancy.Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.
Auerbach, Emily.Searching for Jane Austen. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
Austen-Leigh, J. E.A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections. Ed. Kathryn Sutherland. Oxford University Press, 2002.
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Bellos, David.Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. London: Penguin, 2011.
Bray, Joe.The Epistolary Novel: Representations of Consciousness. London: Routledge, 2003.
Brewer, John.The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century. University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Copeland, Edward.Women Writing About Money: Women’s Fiction in England, 1790–1820. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Copley, Stephen and Peter Garside, eds. The Politics of the Picturesque. Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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