The Annotated Pride and Prejudice
A Revised and Expanded Edition
Jane Austen & David M. Shapard
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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.
A must for any Austen reader
I have the print version of this book and has helped me enjoy P&P even more. I've read P&P three times without it. I thought I truly understood it but after reading with the annotations right alongside the text, I was engrossed even more. Now my young daughters can read it as well and not be scared off by the cultural differences and understand what Jane Austen was coming from when she wrote certain passages.
Get it in Print
The novel is still good, but they ruined the careful annotations in the digitizing process.
The print version of the annotated book has the annotations on the page right across from the text of the novel. This means that as you read each page, you can easily reference the annotations. At least looking at the Sample available for this iBook, the annotations must be hidden somewhere else because they are not on the facing pages. The quick reference-as-you-read aspect is completely lost.