Introduction by Anna Quindlen
Commentary by Margaret Oliphant, George Saintsbury, Mark Twain, A. C. Bradley, Walter A. Raleigh, and Virginia Woolf
"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 witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide.
About the Author
Jane Austen (1775 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.
Betty Friedan (1921-2006), a transformational leader of the women's movement, founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) and authored many works, including "The Second Stage", "The Fountain of Age", and "Life So Far".
"The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste."