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Why Jane Austen?$
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Rachel Brownstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153911

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153911.001.0001

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Why We Read Jane Austen

Why We Read Jane Austen

(p.17) Chapter 1 Why We Read Jane Austen
Why Jane Austen?

Rachel M. Brownstein

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents a reading of Pride and Prejudice (1813). Pride and Prejudice is a much smoother text, a more polished and perfect work of art than Austen's first published novel, Sense and Sensibility (1811). It was the first work by a woman to be placed on the “Great Books” curriculum of St. John's University in Maryland in 1949. It was the template for the Regency romances featuring virtuous heroines who marry up. Reprinted by Bentley along with the other Austen novels in 1832, Pride and Prejudice has stayed in print ever since. With its lively dialogue and intricately linked romantic plots, its comic characters and elegant structure, the novel has been subjected to several theater and film adaptations. It also inspired films such as Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).

Keywords:   Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions, Sense and Sensibility, Regency romances, Bridget Jones's Diary

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