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200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

OK, fess up: Do you think Pride & Prejudice is a novel worthy of a bicentennial celebration? (I do 🙂 )

Interesting Literature

2013 marks the bicentenary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, surely Jane Austen’s most famous novel. Over 20 million copies are thought to have been sold worldwide. Here at Interesting Literature we thought we’d look around for some interesting facts concerning this Austen classic.

The opening line of Pride and Prejudice is arguably the most famous opening line of any novel: ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ But what is less widely known is that the tone of this opening line is almost certainly ironic. Far from being Austen the detached, impartial narrator, this is actually Austen ventriloquising her characters’ thoughts – specifically, those of Mrs Bennet, whose views in the novel are often derided by Austen’s narrator. The clue is in the phrase ‘universally acknowledged’, since how many things in life…

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Marie A Bailey

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  1. Yes. I think Pride and Prejudice is a milestone novel in so many ways. I confess that I have not actually read the entire novel, but have watched all of the various movies and adaptations and that first line – amazing. 🙂


    1. It is one of her best, although I actually feel more partial to Emma. I’ve yet to see the adaptation with Colin Firth, which I heard is quite good, particularly because of Mr. Firth 🙂


  2. For me personally? No. I’ve tried to read it several times and found I just couldn’t get through it. I even tried reading Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and I still couldn’t read the thing 🙂

    I’m sure it’s a great book, just not my cup of tea … either that or I’m just an uneducated snob with bad taste who doesn’t like literature 🙂


    1. You are definitely not the latter, Dave! I do find it funny that you couldn’t even get through P&P and Zombies, although I haven’t tried that one. Austen, or rather that particular type novel, isn’t for everyone. I know there’s a lot of great books out there that aren’t my cup of tea, but I don’t mind as long as I can get my hands on the books that I do like to read 🙂


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