This 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 more than 2,300 annotations on facing pages, including:
Rules of etiquette, class differences, the position of women, legal and economic realities, leisure activities, and more.
Parallels between the novel and Austen's experience are revealed, along with writings that illuminate her beliefs and opinions.
Archaic words, words still in use whose meanings have changed, and obscure passages are explained.
Insightful notes highlight Austen's artistry and point out the subtle ways she develops her characters and themes.
of places and objects mentioned in the novel.
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.