Publisher description for Pride and prejudice / Jane Austen ; with an introduction and notes by Carol Howard.

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“More can be learnt from Miss Austen about the nature of the novel than from almost any other writer,” wrote Walter Allen in his study of the English novel. Indeed any inquiry into the history of the form must include mention of the first modern novelist: Jane Austen. Her masterpiece Pride and Prejudice, peopled with the unforgettable Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is exemplary in its refined symmetry, finely drawn depictions of manners, high comedy, and the economy-driven march toward marriage.

Carol Howard has published essays on early British and contemporary African-American women writers and has coedited two books on British writers (1996, 1997). Chair of the English Department at Warren Wilson College, her current book project traces the tension between the desire for freedom and for stability in British women’s writings about slavery and empire, from 1688 to 1805. Howard also wrote the introduction to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Jane Eyre.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Social classes Fiction, Young women Fiction, Courtship Fiction, Sisters Fiction, England Fiction