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Jane Austens Works First published in 1813 Pride and Prejudice has consistently been Jane Austens most popular novel It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between Elizabeth Bennet whose liveliness and quick wit have often attracted readers and the haughty Darcy The title Pride and Prejudice refers among other things to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcy first view each other The original version of the novel was written in 1796-1797 under the title First Impressions and was probably in the form of an exchange of letters Jane Austens own tongue-in-cheek opinion of her work in a letter to her sister Cassandra immediately after its publication was Upon the whole I am well satisfied enough The work is rather too light and bright and sparkling it wants ie needs shade it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter of sense if it could be had if not of solemn specious nonsense about something unconnected with the story an essay on writing a critique on Walter Scott or the history of Buonapart or anything that would form a contrast and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and general epigrammatism of the general style In 1809 Jane Austen her mother sister Cassandra and Martha Lloyd moved to Chawton near Alton and Winchester where her brother Edward provided a small house on one of his estates This was in Hampshire not far from her childhood home of Steventon Before leaving Southampton she corresponded with the dilatory publisher to whom she had sold Susan ie Northanger Abbey but without receiving any satisfaction She resumed her literary activities soon after returning into Hampshire and revised Sense and Sensibility which was accepted in late 1810 or early 1811 by a publisher for publication at her own risk It appeared anonymously By a Lady in October 1811
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