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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

Jane Austen is arguably the finest female novelist who ever lived and Pride and Prejudice is arguably the finest, and is certainly the most popular, of her novels. An undoubted classic of world literature, its profound Christian morality is all too often missed or wilfully overlooked by today's (post)modern critics.

Yet Austen saw the follies and foibles of human nature, and the frictions and fidelities of family life, with an incisive eye that penetrates to the very heart of the human condition.

A look at the essays

Though knowledge of more democratic virtues, like approachability and fairness, is easy for us today, they won't get us very far in understanding a novel based on pre-Victorian social virtues and vices. Anthony Esolen comes to our rescue, pointing out the genuine virtues and social graces expected of lord and servant, parent and child, and how characters in Pride and Prejudice fail or succeed in them. [Read excerpt.]

Austen's blending of the comic and dramatic in the novel, Richard Harp shows, is seamless, instructive, and realistic. Douglas Lane Patey siezes on Austen's mastery of individualized voices for characters, whether in dialogue or in her famous free indirect speech.

Christopher Blum situates the reader with the introductory essay.

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Meet the Minds behind the Pride and Prejudice Edition


Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture. He is the editor of the St. Austin Review and the Ignatius Critical Editions series editor. He is the author of three books on Shakespeare, published by Ignatius Press: The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome (2008), Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays (2010), and Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (2013). He has also published books on a number of modern literary figures, including Oscar Wilde, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Roy Campbell, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Critical Essayists

Christopher Blum

Christopher Blum serves as Professor of Humanities at Thomas More College in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where he teaches Natural History and Euclid's Elements of Geometry as well as the great works examined in the college's humanities program. He has published numerous essays on subjects of Catholic interest, ranging from a study of the twelfth-century abbey church at Vézelay to a discussion of the educational vision of John Henry Newman. He has made a particular study of the French Catholic tradition since the seventeeth century, from which have arisen two volumes of translations, Critics of the Enlightenment (ISI Books, 2004) and The True and Only Wealth of Nations (Sapientia Press, 2006).

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Anthony Esolen

Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College. His work includes the Modern Library translations of Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House), Ironies of Faith: The Deep Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature (ISI Books), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery).

Richard Harp

Richard Harp is chair of the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is founding coeditor of the Ben Jonson Journal (Edinburgh University Press), which publishes articles and reviews on all respects of Renaissance literature. He has published The Cambridge Companion to Ben Jonson (Cambridge University Press, 2001) with Stanley Stewart, fellow co-founder of the journal. He has also published books (with Robert Evans) on Frank O'Connor and Brian Friel and articles on other aspects of Irish literature. His article on Father Martin D'Arcy's unpublished literary correspondence was the cover story in the Times Literary Supplement on December 11, 2009.

Douglas Lane Patey

Douglas Lane Patey is Sophia Smith Professor of English at Smith College, where he teaches courses both in English and the history of science. He has written books on the history of probability, concepts of addiction, and the novels of Evelyn Waugh, as well as articles on John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and the history of divisions between "art" and "science".


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