Austen, though, never lost her own talent, but it was the very different novels of her sister-in-law, and the new form in which they were published, that brought Austen's career to a brilliant close. In fact, her career may be defined as one long celebration of her own genius, and Pride and Prejudice remains her landmark work.
The result was a marriage between the author and the hero of her novel, a union that would last for twenty-five years and give birth to six novels, published in 1816-1820. Austen, though, never lost her own talent, but it was the very different novels of her sister-in-law, and the new form in which they were published, that brought Austen's career to a brilliant close. In fact, her career may be defined as one long celebration of her own genius, and Pride and Prejudice remains her landmark work.
As with Pride and Prejudice, it is the setting for a story of courtship and marriage. On Midsummer's Eve 1811, Austen went to Bath to stay with her sister, Caroline, and on returning to Bath, she received an invitation to stay at the home of the Wordsworths. Charlotte, as we know, at some point began to write her first novel, a factual account of the disastrous relationship between the Wordsworths and their daughter, Jane. This novel was published, under the pen name Currer Bell, in 1818. Mrs. Wordsworth, sister to the poet, was delighted by the novel and encouraged it's publication in America, a country that she hoped would appreciate it. Susan, the daughter of Sir Walter Scott, went to stay at the Wordsworth's house, and Scott too was enchanted, comparing the heroine to his heroine in Waverley.
You can't describe Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in three or four words because it stands for so much in the history of fiction. In Pride and Prejudice, you find the perfection of the English sentence. You find the marriage of wit and heart. You find the depiction of the world in which we all live in the early 19th century. If you can remember even one word from the dialogue in this book, you can remember this book.
For the last sentence of Pride and Prejudice ('What a blessing it is to have a friend to help us through the world, and to make us better through acquaintance!'), there are two other famous lines:
The movie also gives the reader a new perspective on the novel. In the book, there are many references to Austen's novels; in the movie, there are fewer. In fact, when a character is discussing Pride and Prejudice with Bingley, his aunt makes some references to Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. There is no reference to Mansfield Park or 827ec27edc