The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen; David M. Shapard (Editor)
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307950901, 780pp.)

Publication Date: November 13, 2012

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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
Jane Austen was an English writer who penned six famous novels about love and class in the eighteenth century. Her works have been studied, performed and read for almost 200 years and still maintain a relevance and wisdom in today's society.

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