This Revised and Expanded Edition contains hundreds of new notes and illustrations.
The first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of "Pride and Prejudice "with thousands of annotations on facing pages, including:
- Explanations of historical context
Rules of etiquette, class differences, the position of women, legal and economic realities, leisure activities, and more.
- Citations from Austen's life, letters, and other writings
Parallels between the novel and Austen's experience are revealed, along with writings that illuminate her beliefs and opinions.
- Definitions and clarifications
Archaic words, words still in use whose meanings have changed, and obscure passages are explained.
- Literary comments and analyses
Insightful notes highlight Austen's artistry and point out the subtle ways she develops her characters and themes.
- Maps and illustrations
of places and objects mentioned in the novel.
- An introduction, a bibliography, and a detailed chronology of events
Of course, one can enjoy the novel "without "knowing the precise definition of a gentleman, or what it signifies that a character drives a coach rather than a hack chaise, or the rules governing social interaction at a ball, but readers of "The Annotated Pride and Prejudice "will find that these kinds of details add immeasurably to understanding and enjoying the intricate psychological interplay of Austen's immortal characters.
About the Author
One of England's most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen's work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen's writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen's request, her personal correspondence after Austen's death in 1817. Austen's authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.