Written, Published, and Other Important Information : At age 21 Jane Austen began writing the novel in October of 1796 and finished it by August of the following year. Having never made it to print until fourteen years after it was written due to the publisher refusing to even read it, Jane Austen’s book, originally named First Impressions and renamed Pride and Prejudice when published, was published in the winter of 1811. Her first book to be published in October of 1811 was Sense and Sensibility, but Pride and Prejudice hit it off more so than Sense and Sensibility and was presented worldwide on January, 28, 1813. During Jane Austen’s lifetime, her name was not on her published books. “BY THE AUTHOR OF ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’ ” was all that indicated the author.
Significance of the Title: Pride and Prejudice stands for the pride and the prejudiced that the main characters, Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, endure towards each other as a result of social barriers and bad first impressions before falling in love. Pride at their unwillingness to change or believe the truth, and prejudice at their very different backgrounds and social class.
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