Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Annotated Pride And Prejudice

Book Description: 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:

• Explanations of historical contextRules of etiquette, class differences, the position of women, legal and economic realities, leisure activities, and more.

• Citations from Austen’s life, letters, and other writingsParallels 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 analysesInsightful 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 eventsOf 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.

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