The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

eBook - 2008
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In a remote Hertfordshire village, far off the good coach roads of George III's England, a country squire of no great means must marry off his five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are his headstrong second daughter Elizabeth Bennet and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy -- two lovers whose pride must be humbled and prejudice dissolved before the novel can come to its splendid conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [2008], c2004.
ISBN: 9780307481528
Additional Contributors: Shapard, David M.


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JCLHopeH Jun 11, 2013

This was my introduction to Jane Austen and literature of that era, and with help from Shapard’s annotations I was better able to immerse myself in Elizabeth Bennet’s world of 19th century England. The drawings and maps, tidbits about history at the time, and explanations of period-specific language and social etiquette are fantastic. As for the story, I enjoyed Elizabeth’s independent spirit, and sometimes it’s nice to indulge in a classic tale of faulty assumptions and defensive egos that ends in a nice love story.

crankylibrarian May 21, 2012

NOTE: This is a review of the annotation, not the novel itself!

Annotated editions are a mixed bag. Ideally, they should clarify and enhance one's understanding of the novel without either getting bogged down in arcane detail, or inserting too much of the annotator's voice. The _Annotated Alice_ and the _Annotated Lolita_ are two outstanding examples, functioning as indispensable keys to complex "puzzle" novels.

The _Annotated P&P_ isn't in that class. It is quite well organized, with chapter titles (created by Shapard) helpful maps, and a detailed chronology of all the events in the novel. The notes on class distinctions, etiquette and protocol, and legalisms (such as the infamous entail) are extremely useful, and Shapard also provides interesting insights into character development, and how speech patterns indicate class. (Lydia's vulgarisms and bad grammar, while less obvious to modern readers, clearly mark her as inferior).

Yet there is a lot of repetition, (do we really need to have commonly used terms like "sensible", "wants" or "conscious" defined every time they appear?) and over-zealous explanations of terms most readers would likely figure out for themselves,(e.g.,loss of "virtue"). Shapard also tends to overexplain the characters' motivations. Still, a well crafted, well researched, yet very accessible guide, especially for Austen newbies.

michellejs67 Apr 03, 2012

i can 't return the book until this coming wednesday. sorry

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