Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen; Vivien Jones, Ed (Editor); Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
(Penguin Books, Hardcover, 9780141040349, 435pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.



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.

John Gay (b. Barnstaple, Devon, 1685) was an English poet and playwright. Hugely successful in his own time, he is now best remembered for "The Beggar's Opera" (1928), a ballad opera satirizing the then Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole. "The Beggar's Opera", and its sequel "Polly", earned Gay fame, infamy and a healthy fortune. After his death at the age of47, he was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books, where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.
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