Pride and Prejudice is a book that speaks to everyone across the centuries, with engaging characters and a well-planned plot around the fairy tale classic of a poor girl growing up and (eventually) marrying her Prince Charming.
But the book is more than just the template for every romance novel and Mills & Boon written since. Philosophers and literary scholars are just some of the experts we’ve interviewed who have chosen Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as essential reading on their topic.
Pride and Prejudice is a perennial favourite book that means it’s still well read today. Along with many other people, it is Austen scholar Patricia Meyer Spacks’s favourite Austen book. In her interview with us she spoke about the best Austen novels and what they mean to her. She has also produced Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition which includes over 2,000 annotations to text giving in-depth analysis.
Our commentary section below highlights some of the reviews of this book when it was first published in 1813. The popularity and strength of the storyline means there have been several theatre and screen adaptions of the book.
Many Five Books experts have chosen Pride and Prejudice as one of the best books in their field of expertise. You can read the reasons why they chose it below: