Pride and Prejudice
-by Jane Austen
304 pages (1813)
Quite possibly the best piece of fiction ever written, Pride & Prejudice is a novel one can enjoy over and over again - every time, falling hopefulessly in love with the characters all over again.
Published in 1813 and premiered under the title First Impressions, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice stands as one of the most universally loved and admired novels of English literature. Not only is it a tale of rural romance, but also a witty and shrewdly observed satire of English country life.
The story takes place in a remote Hertfordshire village, in George III's England. Mr. Bennett, a country squire of no great means, endeavors to marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of all this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter, Elizabeth Bennett and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy - two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudices dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.