Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books" such as The Big Read. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide. As Anna Quindlen wrote, Pride and Prejudice is also about that thing that all great novels consider, the search for self. And it is the first great novel that teaches us this search is as surely undertaken in the drawing room making small talk as in the pursuit of a great white whale or the public punishment of adultery.
Acerca de Jane Austen
Nació el 16 de diciembre de 1775 en la parroquia de Steventon, Basingstoke. Recibió su educación y formación en su casa. Fue la séptima de los ocho hijos del pastor anglicano de Steventon,George y de Cassandra Austen. En 1801, la familia se traslada a Bath, Southampton, Chawton y Winchester. Se inició en la escritua siendo una niña. Algunos de sus primeros trabajos se editaron en el libro Amor y amistad, y otras obras (1922). Tras su muerte se publicaron varias novelas incompletas. Falleció en Winchester el 18 de julio de 1817.