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From Longman's Cultural Editions series, Jane Austen'sPride and Prejudice, edited by Claudia Johnson and Susan Wolfson, offers the text of the first edition and is extensively annotated in several contexts, from Austen's views, to cultural issues, to first reviews and critical reception.

Author Biography

Coeditor of the Longman Critical Edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature and current chair of the English Department at Princeton University is a specialist in 18th- and early 19th-century literature, with a focus on the novel.  In addition to the long 18th century, her courses feature gothic fiction, sentimentalism, the emergence of nationalism, film adaptations of fiction, Samuel Johnson, and Austen.  Her critical studies, Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (1988), and Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (1995), are internationally acclaimed.  She is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (2002), and of several Austen titles (for other presses): Mansfield Park (1998), Sense and Sensibility (2002), Northanger Abbey (2003). Her new book-projects are  Jane Austen’s Cults and Cultures, tracing permutations of “Jane mania” from 1817 to the present, and Raising the Novel, which explores the project of elevating novels to keystones of high culture.


Susan J. Wolfson is professor of English at Princeton University. In addition to this present volume, her editorial work includes  Felicia Hemans (Princeton UP, 2000) and the Longman Cultural Edition of John Keats.  With Claudia Johnson, she is coeditor of the Longman Cultural Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. With Peter Manning, she is coeditor of the Romantics volume in The Longman Anthology of British Literature, and Selected Poems of Lord Byron (Penguin, 2005).  Her critical books include the prize-winning Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 1997) and Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 2007).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

About Longman Cultural Editions.

About this Edition.


Table of Dates.

Pride and Prejudice (1813).
Volume 1.
Volume 2.
Volume 3.

Jane Austen's Letters.
“To Cassandra Austen,” 2 June 1799.
“To Cassandra Austen,” 20-21 November 1800.
“To Cassandra Austen,” 29 January 1813.
“To Cassandra Austen,” 4 February 1813.
“To Cassandra Austen,” 9 February 1813.
“To Frank Austen,” 3 July 1813.
“To Frank Austen,” 25 September 1813.
“To Anna Austen,” 9 September 1814.
“To James Stanier Clarke,” 11 December 1815.
“To J. Edward Austen,” 16 December 1816.


Money: From the 1790s to the Regency (1811-1820).

Marriage and the Marriage Market.
Debates in the House of Commons on The Clandestine Marriage Bill.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, from Emile (1762, 1763).
Revd. James Fordyce, Sermons to Young Women (1766, 1795).
Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).
Jane Austen, from Emma (1816).
Lord Byron, Don Juan Canto 14. XVIII (1823).

Female Character and Conduct.
Revd. James Fordyce, from Sermons to Young Women (1766, 1777).
Dr. John Gregory, A Father's Legacy to His Daughters (1774).
Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).

Male Characters and Conduct.
Alexander Pope, from Epistle IV, To Richard Boyl, Earl of Burlington; Of the Uses of Riches (1731).
Samuel Johnson, Rambler (1750).

The Picturesque and Great Houses.
William Gilpin, from Observations, Relative chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, made in the year 1792, on Several Parts of England (1786) and Three Essays: On Picturesque Beauty, On Picturesque Travel, and on Sketching Landscape (1792).
John Byng, Rules for Admission to Strawberry Hill.

Reactions to Pride and Prejudice.

First Reviews and Readers.
British Critic XLI (1813).
Critical Review 4/3 (1813).
Anna Isabella Milbanke (1813).
Walter Scott, Quarterly Review (1815).

The Next Generation.
Henry Crabb Robinson.
Richard Whatley, Quarterly Review (1821).
Walter Scott, Journal, 1826-27.
Maria Jane Jewsbury, The Athenaeum.
Charlotte Bronte, letters.

Further Reading.

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