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Pride and Prejudice
Author Jane Austen
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Novel of manners
Publisher T. Egerton, Whitehall
Publication date 28 January 1813
Media type Hardcover, 3 volumes

Pride and Prejudice, first published on 28 January 1813, is the most famous of Jane Austen's novels and one of the first "romantic comedies" in the history of the novel. The book is Jane Austen's second published novel. Pride and Prejudice is the title of a number of films: Pride and Prejudice (1940 film) Pride and Prejudice (BBC) Pride and Prejudice (2003 film) Pride and Prejudice (2005 film) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... A watercolour and pencil sketch of Jane Austen, believed to be drawn from life by her sister Cassandra (c. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The novel of manners is a sub-genre of the realist novel which deals with aspects of behaviour, language, customs and values characteristic of a particular class of people in a specific historical context. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A watercolour and pencil sketch of Jane Austen, believed to be drawn from life by her sister Cassandra (c. ... A romantic comedy may be a film or novel, presenting a story about romance in a comedic style. ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ...

Its manuscript was first written between 1796 and 1797, initially called First Impressions, but was never published under that title. Following revisions, it was first published on 28 January 1813. Like both its predecessors, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey, it was written in Steventon, Hampshire, where Austen lived in the rectory. The title of the book is taken from a sentence in Fanny Burney's Cecilia; Austen was a reader and admirer of Burney's novels. is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Sense and Sensibility (disambiguation). ... For films named Northanger Abbey, see Northanger Abbey (1986 film) or Northanger Abbey (2007 TV drama). ... Steventon is a small village in north Hampshire, United Kingdom. ... The rectory is the title usually given to the building inhabited, or formerly inhabited, by the rector of a parish. ... Fanny Burney For Frances Burney (1776–1828), niece of Frances Burney, later Madame DArblay (1752-1840), see Frances Burney Fanny Burney, later Madame DArblay, (June 13, 1752-January 6, 1840) was an English novelist and diarist. ... Cecilia, subtitled Memoirs of an Heiress, is a novel by Frances Burney, set in 1779 and published in 1782. ...


Plot summary

The novel opens with the famous line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife". The arrival of such a single man "of considerable fortune" in the neighbourhood greatly excites Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. Bennet's sole interest in life is to see her five eligible daughters well settled and happily married to fine men of 'considerable fortune'. The man in question in this instance is Mr. Bingley, who has leased the Netherfield estate where he plans to settle for a while with his two sisters, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst, and his brother-in-law, Mr. Hurst.

Soon after moving in, Mr. Bingley and his party, which now includes his close friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, attend a public ball in the village of Meryton. At first, Mr. Darcy is admired for his fine figure and income of £10,000 a year and is far more the subject of attention than Mr. Bingley. However, the villagers soon become disgusted with his pride. This is brought home to Elizabeth Bennet when she overhears him decline Mr. Bingley's suggestion that he dance with her because, he says, "she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me". Mr. Bingley, on the other hand, proves highly agreeable, dancing with many of the eligible ladies in attendance and showing his decided admiration for Jane Bennet. Mr. ... A ball is a formal dance. ... Elizabeth Lizzy Bennet (sometimes referred to as Eliza or Lizzy) is a fictional character and the protagonist of Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice. ...

Bingley's sisters invite Jane for an evening at Netherfield which turns into an extended stay when Jane catches a bad cold. Elizabeth comes to nurse her sister and stays at Netherfield, engaging Darcy's guarded attention and Miss Bingley's not-so-guarded scorn. Unbeknownst to Elizabeth, Darcy comes to admire her and her "fine eyes."

But now comes Mr. Collins — a cousin who, because of an entail, will inherit the Bennet estate — to visit the Bennet family. Mr. Collins is also "in want of a wife", and having heard that the Bennet daughters are "amiable and handsome", he means to marry one of them, and so atone for his position as heir and heal the breach in the family. Unfortunately, he is a pompous buffoon of a clergyman whose idea of a pleasant evening is reading to his female cousins from Fordyce's Sermons. He delights in dropping the name of his great patroness, the Lady Catherine de Bourgh, with great frequency; his visit was brought on by her imperious suggestion that he marry. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Sermons for Young Women [1760], often called Fordyces Sermons, is a two-volume compendium of sermons compiled by Dr. James Fordyce, a Scottish clergyman, which were originally delivered by himself and others. ...

Mr. Collins originally intends to marry Jane, but, on hearing of her relationship with Mr. Bingley, switches his sights to Elizabeth. He proposes to Elizabeth but she refuses him, much to the chagrin of her mother. Although Mrs. Bennet tries to promote the marriage, Elizabeth, supported by her father, will not have him.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth is introduced to Mr. Wickham, a pleasing, amiable officer in the regiment. Mr. Wickham informs her that he had known Mr. Darcy his entire life, but was dealt a serious wrong after the death of Mr. Darcy's father. After the tale is told, Elizabeth begins to harbour a strong prejudice against Mr. Darcy.

After Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins, he hurriedly marries her best friend, Charlotte Lucas, who accepts him in order to escape the fate of becoming an old maid. Elizabeth, who finds Charlotte's choice revolting, nevertheless consents to visit the newlyweds. While she is staying with them, Mr. Darcy visits his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, at the adjoining estate, Rosings. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are therefore thrown daily into each other's company. Elizabeth's charms leave Mr. Darcy increasingly entranced; he is provoked to declare his love for her "against his own will", and he proposes marriage to her in spite of her objectionable family. And then he waits expectantly for her acceptance.

Elizabeth is surprised, and highly insulted by Mr. Darcy's high-handed method of proposing; also, she has recently learnt that it was Darcy who persuaded Mr. Bingley to sever ties with her sister Jane, and she is still contemptuous of his supposed wrongs against Mr. Wickham. Elizabeth refuses Darcy in no uncertain terms, telling him he is "the last man in the world whom [she] could ever be prevailed on to marry."

The next day, Mr. Darcy intercepts Elizabeth on her morning walk and hands her a letter before coldly taking his leave. In the letter, Mr. Darcy justifies his actions regarding his interference in Mr. Bingley and Jane's relationship, and reveals his history concerning Mr. Wickham and Mr. Wickham's true nature. The letter sheds a new light on Mr. Darcy's personality for Elizabeth and she begins to reconsider her opinion of him, particularly in the case of Mr. Wickham.

Later, while on holiday with her aunt and uncle, the Gardiners, Elizabeth is persuaded to visit nearby Pemberley, Mr. Darcy's estate, but only because she is told he is away. There she is mortified when she bumps into him unexpectedly while on a tour of the grounds; however, his altered behaviour towards her — distinctly warmer than at their last meeting — and his polite and friendly manner towards her aunt and uncle begin to persuade her that underneath his pride lies a true and generous nature. Her revised opinion of Mr. Darcy is supported through meeting his younger sister Georgiana, a gentle-natured and shy girl upon whom he dotes. Pemberley is the name of the estate and country house owned by Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice. ...

Just as her relationship with Mr. Darcy is beginning to thaw, Elizabeth is horrified by the news that her headstrong youngest sister Lydia has run off with Mr. Wickham, who has resigned his commission to evade gambling debts. When Mr. Darcy hears this he decides to find Mr. Wickham and bribe him into marrying Lydia, keeping his actions a secret from Elizabeth and her family. Elizabeth accidentally learns of his involvement from Lydia's careless remarks, which are later confirmed by Mrs. Gardiner. This final act completes the reversal in Elizabeth's sentiments, and she begins to regret having turned down his earlier proposal of marriage.

Lady Catherine discovers Mr. Darcy's feelings for Elizabeth, which threaten her long cherished desire for him to marry her daughter, Anne de Bourgh. She pays Elizabeth an unannounced visit and brusquely tries to intimidate her into refusing such an engagement. Unfortunately for Lady Catherine, her visit only serves to consolidate Elizabeth's intentions. Furthermore, Lady Catherine later visits Mr. Darcy, and relates the entire conversation to him — giving him the hope that if he proposes to Elizabeth again, she may accept him. After ensuring the rekindling of Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennet's relationship, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth become engaged.

The book ends with two marriages: Jane and Bingley's, and Darcy and Elizabeth's.

Main characters

The following is a list of the more significant characters of the novel.

Elizabeth Bennet

Main article: Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth (Lizzy, Eliza) Bennet is the core character of this family saga as it unfolds in the novel. She is the second of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five daughters, and is an intelligent, bold, attractive 20-year-old when the story begins. In addition to being her father's favourite, Elizabeth is characterized as a sensible, yet stubborn, young woman. She is also witty, as Mr. Collins pointed out in his proposal to her. Elizabeth initially holds Mr. Darcy in contempt, misled by his cold outward behaviour. Her prejudice mounts after he "wounds [her] pride" with his personal insult at the dance, and as she believes what Mr. Wickham says about him. However, after the proposal fiasco, she finds that Mr. Darcy improves on acquaintance, more so than she would expect. Lizzy is as like Darcy as they both are contrasted with their friends and close ones (Jane and Mr. Bingley respectively). When Darcy helps save Lydia from a horrific fate, Elizabeth feels gratitude towards him. Her growing love for him is at first confused with those feelings of gratitude, which begin to blossom when they unexpectedly run into each other at Pemberley and Elizabeth witnesses his kindness, generosity, and unassuming civility. All this, and her discovery of his involvement in Lydia's marriage, provides the basis for her affection towards him. Elizabeth Lizzy Bennet (sometimes referred to as Eliza or Lizzy) is a fictional character and the protagonist of Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice. ...

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Main article: Fitzwilliam Darcy

Fitzwilliam Darcy is the central male character and Elizabeth's (second) love interest in the novel. He is an intelligent, wealthy, handsome and reserved 28-year-old man who often appears haughty or proud to strangers. Initially he considers Elizabeth his social inferior, unworthy of his attention; and he resolves to pay her no 'attentions' lest she should certainly aspire to his courtship. (He is oblivious of Elizabeth's actual feelings toward him: that 'he is a man' whom she is 'determined to hate'). Soon enough, however, Darcy's resolve collapses, and he finds he cannot deny his feelings for the lady. His proposal of marriage now, however, is resoundingly rejected, because his pride trips him up and because Elizabeth is adamantly prejudiced against him. However, he learns, and he reforms; and after a chance re-acquaintance has given friendship a chance to form, and then to blossom, Darcy proposes again —and this time is accepted by Elizabeth, who herself has grown: to confront her own pride and prejudice, and to love him. Mr. ...

Mr. Bennet

Mr. Bennet is the father of Elizabeth Bennet and head of the Bennet family. His first name is never mentioned. An English gentleman with an estate in Hertfordshire, he is married to Mrs. Bennet and has five daughters. Unfortunately, his property is entailed to the male line, so his estate will be inherited by a distant cousin, Mr. Collins. Mr. Bennet is a good-hearted but withdrawn man, and he has a bitingly sarcastic humour and can only derive amusement from his "nervous" wife and three "silly" daughters — Mary, Kitty and Lydia. He is closest to his daughter Elizabeth but is also attached to his eldest daughter, Jane, both having won this approval by possessing a greater amount of sense than their three sisters. Mr. Bennet prefers the solitude of his study, neglecting the raising of his children, which leads to near-disaster. Landed gentry is a term traditionally applied in Britain to members of the upper class with country estates often (but not always) farmed on their behalf by others, and who might be without a peerage or other hereditary title. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... Fee tail or entail is an obsolete term of art in common law. ...

Mrs. Bennet

Mrs. Bennet is the querulous, excitable and ill-bred wife of Mr. Bennet and mother of Elizabeth and her sisters. Her first name is never mentioned. She is particularly indulgent towards Lydia. Her main concern in life is seeing her daughters married well to wealthy men, so that they will be taken care of following Mr. Bennet's death. However, her foolish nature and frequent social faux pas often impede her efforts towards this end. Her single-minded pursuit of future husbands for her daughters can also blind her in several ways to their welfare and best interests in the present. Mrs. Bennet's opinions of people frequently and easily change. The first visit of Mr. Collins is a good example, as Mrs. Bennet quickly alternates from contempt to giddy anticipation after reading his letter. Faux Pas redirects here. ...

Jane Bennet

Jane Bennet is the eldest Bennet sister. She is twenty-two years old at the start of the novel and is generally considered to be the most beautiful of her sisters. The depth of her feelings is difficult to discern by those who do not know her well, due to her reserved manner and pleasantness to all. Seeing only the good, she is incapable of suspecting the worst of people. She falls in love with Charles Bingley, and is devastated when he abruptly breaks off their developing relationship without explanation. Eventually however, the misunderstanding on his part is cleared up and she accepts his hand in marriage.

Lydia Bennet

Lydia Bennet is the youngest of the Bennet sisters. Fifteen years old when the narrative begins, Lydia is extremely flirtatious, naive, headstrong and reckless. She is described as the favourite of her mother, who indulges her and encourages her idleness and folly. Lydia and Catherine (Kitty), who despite being the older of the two is dominated by Lydia, are wrapped up in frivolous pursuits, especially chasing after the officers stationed at Meryton. Her father often calls Lydia 'silly'. She is seduced by Mr. Wickham and runs away with him without much thought for the consequences to her family, but Mr. Darcy bribes Mr. Wickham to marry her.

Charles Bingley

Charles Bingley is a 25-year-old wealthy man and the closest friend of Mr. Darcy, despite the differences in their personalities. He is an outgoing, extremely good-natured, and wealthy young man who leases property near the Bennets' estate at the beginning of the novel. Unlike many of those in his circle, he is approachable and mingles easily in company the others consider beneath them. He is attracted to Jane Bennet, who reciprocates his feelings but is too shy and reserved to express them fully.

William Collins

William Collins is the 25-year-old cousin of Mr. Bennet. A clergyman, he is the closest male relation to the Bennet family, and as such stands to inherit Longbourn upon Mr. Bennet's death. Mr. Collins is a pompous, narrow-minded sycophant who is excessively devoted and flattering to his patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Advised by Lady Catherine to find a wife, he initially eyes Jane, only to instantly transfer his affections to Elizabeth upon learning of Jane's impending match with Mr. Bingley. After being rejected by his second choice, he proposes to Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth's best friend, the following day, who accepts him. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

George Wickham

George Wickham Mr. Darcy's nemesis and the antagonist of the novel; a classic cad. He enters the story as a dashing, charming, and handsome officer of the militia and captures the favour of Elizabeth. His father was the manager of the Darcy estate, but Wickham squandered his share of the late Mr. Darcy's inheritance intended for his schooling in the priesthood. Wickham's true nature is one of cunning deceitfulness. He initially deceives Elizabeth and the general public into believing Mr. Darcy robbed him of his dream of becoming a clergyman thus leaving him in poverty. However after her confrontation with Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth learns Wickham's true colours. He later convinces Lydia Bennet to elope with him without intention of matrimony, but is tracked down by Mr. Darcy. He only marries Lydia after his debts are paid off and he is given a large sum of money by Mr. Darcy.

Mary Bennet

Mary Bennet is the most serious of all the Bennet girls, almost to the point of pomposity; she is also the only plain one in the family. She enjoys performing for people on the piano, but otherwise she is not very interested in local society, seeing balls as a duty rather than a pleasure. On the other hand she is interested in social theory, especially regarding people's ideas on vanity and pride. Much of her time is spent in studying, but she tends to sermonize about many subjects in a fashion not unlike Mr. Collins. She is rather dull and around the age of 18 in the beginning of the novel.

Kitty Bennet

Catherine (Kitty) Bennet, although two years older than her sister Lydia at age 17, is somewhat of a sidekick to her. She follows everything that Lydia does, and becomes very jealous when only Lydia is invited to go to Brighton with the troops, as she wishes to go herself. After Lydia elopes with George Wickham, she frequently invites Kitty to stay with her, but their father will not permit it. However, once Jane and Elizabeth marry Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, respectively, Kitty is allowed to stay often with them. By this marked elevation in the society she keeps, and the removal of Lydia's influence, Kitty's personality improves dramatically.

Charlotte Lucas

Charlotte Lucas is the neighbour and best friend of Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William and Lady Lucas. She is 27 years old and when Mr. Collins, having been rejected by Elizabeth, proposes to her, she instantly accepts him, as this is probably her final opportunity to get married. Her husband dotes on her in his peculiar way, usually calling her "my dear Charlotte." She enjoys her marriage by staying away from Mr. Collins as much as possible and taking care of her household. Shortly before Elizabeth and Darcy are engaged, it is announced in a letter from Mr. Collins to Elizabeth's father that Charlotte is pregnant with her first child.

Georgiana Darcy

Georgiana Darcy is Fitzwilliam Darcy's younger sister. Darcy has great love towards her. She is immensely pretty and, at 16 years old, more than a decade his junior. Georgiana is quiet and shy, but amiable and good-natured, and shows great skill at playing the pianoforte. Mr. Wickham stole her affections some time ago, at age 15, hoping to gain possession of the great fortune which she will inherit when she comes of age. However, Mr. Darcy saves her from an imprudent elopement with Mr. Wickham. Georgiana takes a strong liking to Elizabeth soon after the two meet.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Lady Catherine de Bourgh is Mr. Darcy's aunt and Mr. Collins' patroness. Despite her self-conscious sophistication, she is inconsistent and arrogant. She doesn't play a musical instrument, yet boasts of being a musical expert. Another example of her "ill breeding" is her announcement (in the drawing room of her manor house Rosings, at Hunsford) that Elizabeth may play on the piano in Mrs. Jenkinson's room (Mrs. Jenkinson is a permanent resident at Rosings), saying, "She would be in nobody's way, you know, in that part of the house." Later, Lady Catherine shows up at the Bennets' home to forbid Elizabeth from marrying Darcy. That ill-advised action actually encourages Elizabeth and Darcy to restart their interrupted courtship. Ultimately, Lady Catherine's main purpose is to be an example of the upper-class snobbery which the novel satirizes. Lady Catherine de Bourgh was representative of women in the eighteenth century who were often “contrasted in unflattering ways with middle class women who were starting to organize in the mid-1800s.[1]

Caroline Bingley

Caroline Bingley is one of Charles Bingley's two sisters. She ruthlessly aspires to marry Mr. Darcy and is not deterred by his indifferent feelings for her. She is conniving and two-faced, and she deceptively professes her great friendship and affection for Jane Bennet when in fact she does not like the Bennet family. She wants her brother to have nothing to do with them, despite his attraction to Jane, and she and their other sister, Louisa Hurst, do their best to prevent the match. As a result, when she warns Elizabeth of Wickham's true nature she is not believed. Despite Miss Bingley's persistent and annoying flirtation, Mr. Darcy is consistently calm and civil to her.

Colonel Fitzwilliam

Colonel Fitzwilliam is the younger son of an unnamed earl, Lady Catherine's nephew, and a cousin of the Darcys. He and Fitzwilliam Darcy are Georgiana's guardians. Elizabeth meets him at Rosings, where she finds him more agreeable than his cousin. It is he who informs Elizabeth about Darcy having stopped what he judged to be an imprudent marriage of Bingley, though the Colonel did not know the woman in question was Elizabeth's sister. For people, see Earl (given name) and Earl (surname). ...


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Artistic depictions and inspired works

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Film, television, and theatrical adaptations

Pride and Prejudice has engendered numerous adaptations. Some of the notable film versions include that of 1940 starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, and that of 2005 starring Keira Knightley (in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Matthew Macfadyen. Notable television versions include two by the BBC: 1995 version starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and a 1980 version starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. A 1936 stage version by Helen Jerome played at the St James's Theatre in London, starring Celia Johnson and Hugh Williams. First Impressions was a 1959 Broadway musical version starring Polly Bergen, Farley Granger and Hermione Gingold. In 1995, a musical concept album was written by Bernard J. Taylor, with Peter Karrie in the role of Mr. Darcy and Claire Moore in the role of Elizabeth Bennet. Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... This article is about the 2005 film. ... Keira Christina Knightley (pronounced ;[1] born 26 March 1985) is a Golden Globe-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-nominated English[2] film and television actress. ... Matthew Macfadyen Matthew Macfadyen (born 1974) is a British theatre and film actor, best known for his role as MI5 agent Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... This article is about the 1995 TV serial. ... Jennifer Ehle (born December 29, 1969) is a stage and screen actress best known for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 mini-series Pride and Prejudice. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English film, television and stage actor. ... Pride and Prejudice is a 1980 BBC miniseries, faithfully adapted by British novelist Fay Weldon from Jane Austens novel of the same name, originally published in 1813. ... Elizabeth Garvie is a British actress best known for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1980 BBC dramatisation of Pride and Prejudice. ... David Rintoul is an actor from the UK. Born David Wilson on 29 November 1948 in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... The St Jamess Theatre was in King Street, London opening in 1835 and was demolished in 1957. ... Dame Celia Johnson (1908-1982) was an English actress, famous for her role in the 1945 film, Brief Encounter, opposite Trevor Howard. ... Hugh Williams (born Bexhill-on-Sea 6 March 1904 and died London 7 December 1969) was an English actor and dramatist. ... First Impressions (1959) is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by George Weiss, Robert Goldman, and Glenn Paxton, and book by Abe Burrows, based on the stage adaptation by Helen Jerome of Jane Austens classic novel Pride and Prejudice. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Polly Bergen (born Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14, 1930, in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American actress, singer, and entrepreneur. ... Actor Farley Granger Farley Granger (born July 1, 1925) is an American actor. ... Hermione Gingold (December 9, 1897-May 24, 1987) was an English actress known for her sharp-tongued, eccentric persona, an image enhanced by her sharp nose and chin, as well as her deepening voice, a result of vocal nodes which her mother encouraged her not to remove. ... Bernard J. Taylor Bernard J. Taylor is the writer and composer of six stage musicals that have been produced around the world and translated into German, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian, Spanish and Italian. ... Peter Karrie (born August 10, 1946), is a Welsh singer, best known for his portrayal of the lead role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Phantom of the Opera. ...

Related works of film, tv and literature

Pride and Prejudice has inspired a number of other works. Books inspired by Pride and Prejudice include: Mr Darcy's Daughters and The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy by Elizabeth Aston; Pemberley: Or Pride & Prejudice Continued and An Unequal Marriage: Or Pride and Prejudice Twenty Years Later by Emma Tennant; The Book of Ruth by Helen Baker; Pemberley Remembered by Mary Simonsen and Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, which started as a newspaper column before becoming a novel, was inspired by the then-current BBC adaptation; both works share a Mr. Darcy of serious disposition (both played by Colin Firth), a foolish match-making mother, and a detached affectionate father. The self-referential in-jokes continue with the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Bride and Prejudice, starring Aishwarya Rai, is a Bollywood adaptation of the novel, while Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy (2003) places the novel in contemporary times. The central premise of the television miniseries Lost in Austen is a modern woman suddenly swapping lives with that of Elizabeth Bennet. The off-Broadway musical I Love You Because reverses the gender of the main roles, set in modern day New York City. The Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango by Yoko Kamio, in which the wealthy, arrogant and proud protagonist, Doumyouji Tsukasa, falls in love with a poor, lower-class girl named Makino Tsukushi, is loosely based on Pride and Prejudice. Mr. ... Emma Tennant (born 1937) is a British novelist and editor. ... Helen Baker (born 1948) is a versatile English writer. ... Bridget Jones is a fictional character created by English writer Helen Fielding. ... Helen Fielding (born February 19, 1958 in Morley, West Yorkshire) is a British author, best known as the author of the novel Bridget Joness Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason The Bridget Jones books had their origins in a column published in The Independent and... This article is about the 1995 TV serial. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English film, television and stage actor. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ... Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is a book by Helen Fielding as well as movie based on the book. ... This article is about the 2004 Bollywood style film. ... Aishwarya Rai (Kannada: ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯಾ ರೈ, IPA: ; born November 1, 1973) is an Indian actress. ... Bollywood (Hindi: , Urdu: ) is the informal term popularly used for Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... I Love You Because is a musical retelling of the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, with the genders reversed. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Boys Over Flowers, known in Japan as Hana Yori Dango (花より男子) is a Japanese manga series written by Yoko Kamio. ...

Awards and nominations

  • In 2003 the BBC conducted the largest ever poll for the "UK's Best-Loved Book" in which Pride and Prejudice came second, behind The Lord of the Rings.
  • In a 2008 survey of more than 15 000 Australian readers Pride and Prejudice came first in a list of the 101 best books ever written.[2]

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  1. ^ Smith, Hilda L. "Women and Politics." Eighteenth - Century Studies 39 (2006): 405-411.
  2. ^ Aussie readers vote Pride and Prejudice best book. thewest.com.au.

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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Free Searchable Version (515 words)
Pride and Prejudice is a sharp and witty comedy of manners played out in early 19th Century English society.
Pride and Prejudice was written and revised over a period of several years (1797-1813) before being published anonymously in 1813.
She is best known for her novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion, and for her wit and social observations.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Search, Read, Study, Discuss. (2107 words)
Pride and Prejudice, similar to other Austen novels, is written in gentle or Horacian satire.
Austen’s powers of subtle discrimination and shrewd perceptiveness is revealed in Pride and Prejudice; she is able to convey such a complex message using a simple, yet witty, style.
Pride and Prejudice is 18th century because of the emphasis on man in his social environment rather than in his individual conditions.
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