Summary

Introduction by Anna Quindlen
Commentary by Margaret Oliphant, George Saintsbury, Mark Twain, A. C. Bradley, Walter A. Raleigh, and Virginia Woolf

-It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.- So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the -most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works, - and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as -irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.-
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide