The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

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This Revised and Expanded Edition contains hundreds of new notes and illustrations.

The 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 thousands of annotations on facing pages, including:

* Explanations of historical context

Rules of etiquette, class differences, the position of women, legal and economic realities, leisure activities, and more.

* Citations from Austen's life, letters, and other writings

Parallels 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 analyses

Insightful 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 events

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.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2012.
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed. --
ISBN: 9780307950901
Characteristics: xxxvi, 780 p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shapard, David M.
Alternative Title: Pride and prejudice


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JCLHopeH Jun 11, 2013

This was my introduction to Jane Austen and literature of that era, and with help from Shapard’s annotations I was better able to immerse myself in Elizabeth Bennet’s world of 19th century England. The drawings and maps, tidbits about history at the time, and explanations of period-specific language and social etiquette are fantastic. As for the story, I enjoyed Elizabeth’s independent spirit, and sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a classic tale of faulty assumptions and defensive egos that ends in a nice love story.

crankylibrarian May 21, 2012

NOTE: This is a review of the annotation, not the novel itself!

Annotated editions are a mixed bag. Ideally, they should clarify and enhance one's understanding of the novel without either getting bogged down in arcane detail, or inserting too much of the annotator's voice. The _Annotated Alice_ and the _Annotated Lolita_ are two outstanding examples, functioning as indispensable keys to complex "puzzle" novels.

The _Annotated P&P_ isn't in that class. It is quite well organized, with chapter titles (created by Shapard) helpful maps, and a detailed chronology of all the events in the novel. The notes on class distinctions, etiquette and protocol, and legalisms (such as the infamous entail) are extremely useful, and Shapard also provides interesting insights into character development, and how speech patterns indicate class. (Lydia's vulgarisms and bad grammar, while less obvious to modern readers, clearly mark her as inferior).

Yet there is a lot of repetition, (do we really need to have commonly used terms like "sensible", "wants" or "conscious" defined every time they appear?) and over-zealous explanations of terms most readers would likely figure out for themselves,(e.g.,loss of "virtue"). Shapard also tends to overexplain the characters' motivations. Still, a well crafted, well researched, yet very accessible guide, especially for Austen newbies.

michellejs67 Apr 03, 2012

i can 't return the book until this coming wednesday. sorry

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