- Author: Jane Austen
- First Published: 1813
- Origin Country: United Kingdom
- Language: English
- Copyright: Public Domain
- Format: PDF
The Pride and Prejudice novel focuses on the message of marrying for love and not money although the story shows that marriage can also be a way to survive financially.
Elizabeth Bennet (the main character) and her sisters must find a husband that can support them as their father’s inheritance is stuck in a legal situation that restricts only a male heir to inherit it.
With only Elizabeth, her sisters and her mother in the family that leaves the father’s property stuck and unobtainable to them.
Within the book, you can find an honest, almost humorous expression of feelings towards aspects of the life at the time of the book being written that many other stories lack.
Writing of the novel began back in 1796 and after many years of revisions, the author eventually sold the rights to a publisher for £110 (around $10,000 in today’s money).
This deal proved successful for the publisher (Thomas Egerton) who went on to make 4 times that amount of money with just the first 2 editions.
As you are probably well aware, the story has become a large part of modern culture and is an important story to learn when studying literature.
At the turn of the century, the BBC polled the UK and found that Pride and Prejudice was the country’s second-favorite book of all time.
You can view the PDF version of the Pride and Prejudice book for free by clicking the link below to go straight to the file.