Pride and Prejudice
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- Full Title: Pride and Prejudice
- When Written: 1797-1812
- Where Written: Bath, Somerset, England
- When Published: 1813
- Literary Period: Classicism/Romanticism
- Genre: Novel of manners
- Setting: Hertfordshire, London, and Pemberley, all in England at some time during the Napoleonic Wars (1797–1815)
- Climax: The search for Lydia and Wickham
- Antagonist: There is no single antagonist. The sins of pride and prejudice function as the main antagonizing force
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Silver Screen? Pride and Prejudice was first adapted for movies in a 1940 production starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. It was again filmed in 1995, as a mini-series for A&E Television, featuring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. The most recent production stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth and was filmed in 2005.
First Impressions: Austen's initial title for her manuscript was "First Impressions." Though the book was eventually published as Pride and Prejudice , the initial title hints at the story's concern for social appearances and the necessity of finding people's true qualities beneath the surface.