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Pride and Prejudice Introduction

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Jill Hartley

on 16 March 2013

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Transcript of Pride and Prejudice Introduction

Jane Austen & Pride and Prejudice 1775-1817 The American Revolution had just begun the year she was born (1775), the War of 1812 began as she began revising this book, and Britain's ongoing war with Napoleon finally ended six months before her 40th birthday in 1815.
And her brothers Charles and Francis were
British Naval officers. Born into a warring time... Her father was a clergyman and her mother was from an "aristocratic line of learned clergymen" herself.
They weren't wealthy but they lived comfortably, were socially respectable, and her parents valued education. She was the 7th of 8 children She wrote two novels which she later revised after her father's death in 1805. These became

and She started writing when she was 12. Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice. The Aristocracy were on top along with and a new rising middle class of people who arose from the Industrial Revolution (landed gentry). Then there was the middle class and of course, the working class. Socioeconomic standing mattered in her world. Our novel does not concern itself with the working class. The Darcys are the old hereditary aristocracy The Bingleys are the new class of landed gentry The Bennets are land-owning middle class. Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. She completed four other novels: The last two were published after her death
thanks to her brother Henry. She was working on a novel called
when she died. All her completed works were published
annonymously. Oh, yeah,
she never married. Though she did accept a proposal once... So what kind of novel is this? It's a romance It's a special kind of comedy called a "novel of manners." It's a satire of the times. And it's soooo high school!
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