The ‘Pride and Prejudice without Zombies’ event begins right here on Austenprose on Tuesday, June 15th with an introduction to the novel and list of characters. To prime readers for the group read that starts the following day, here is the group reading schedule and some great reading and listening sources.
Group Reading Schedule
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Wednesday, June 16th – Chapters 1 – 7
Saturday, June 19th – Chapters 8 – 14
Wednesday, June 23rd – Chapters 15 – 21
Saturday, June 26th – Chapters 22 – 28
Wednesday, June 30th – Chapters 29 – 35
Saturday, July 03rd – Chapters 36 – 42
Wednesday, July 07th – Chapters 43 – 49
Saturday, July 10th – Chapters 50 – 56
Wednesday, July 14th – Chapters 57 – 61
One of my favorite compact working editions of P&P, the supplemental material is excellent (except for the eh introduction) and the definitive text and notes are excellent. (Publishers description) Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighborhood, the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down. Pride encounters prejudice, upward-mobility confronts social disdain, and quick-wittedness challenges sagacity, as misconceptions and hasty judgments lead to heartache and scandal, but eventually to true understanding, self-knowledge, and love. In this supremely satisfying story, Jane Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight. This new edition includes a new introduction, updated notes, and new appendices on social rank and dancing in 19th-century England.
Supplemental material: Introduction, Note on the text, Select bibliography, Chronology, Textural notes, Appendixes on rank, social status and dancing.
Oxford University Press (2008)
Trade paperback (382) pages
This edition has many fine features equivalent to the Oxford Worlds Classics edition, but a far superior introduction by Tony Tanner that may be the most deigned in the industry. (Publishers description) Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen’s finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.
Spirited, intelligent Elizabeth Bennet is alternately enchanted and affronted by Mr. Darcy. She is quick to suspend her usual, more rational judgment when it comes to him. She also is quick to believe the worst gossip about this haughty, opinionated man, who soon manages to alienate Elizabeth and her family. But is the condescending air that Mr. Darcy wars an indication of his real character? Or has Elizabeth’s pride gotten in the way of her chance for true romance?
Supplemental material includes: Chronology, Introduction, Notes on the Text, Corrections and emendations to the 1813 text, Thomas Egerton and the publication history, Legal and military background, Pemberley and its models, Explanatory notes.
Penguin Books (2002)
Trade paperback (480) pages
The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, edited by David M. Shapard
If you crave even more supplemental and explanatory notes than the two previous editions mentioned, this edition is one of the best. The entire text is annotated supplying the complete text on the left hand page and notes and explanations of the right. It’s about as detailed as any student or enthusiast could hope for. (Publishers description) This first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with more than 2,300 annotations on facing pages. Of course, one can enjoy the novel without knowing the precise definition of a gentleman, or what it signifies that a character drives a coach rather than a hack chaise, or the rules governing social interaction at a ball, but readers of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice will find that these kinds of details add immeasurably to understanding and enjoying the intricate psychological interplay of Austen’s immortal characters.
Supplemental material: Notes to the reader, Introduction, Notes on the text, Chronology, Bibliography, Maps.
Anchor Books (2007)
Trade paperback (739) pages
The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Volume II: Pride and Prejudice (Oxford Illustrated Austen), by Jane Austen, edited by R. W. Chapman
The recommended choice of The Jane Austen Society of North America, this edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is part of a six volume set first published in 1926 and edited by the eminent Austen scholar R.W. Chapman. I find it indispensable in my library. (Publishers description) Elizabeth Bennet is at first determined to dislike Mr. Darcy, who is handsome and eligible. This misjudgment only matched in folly by Darcy’s arrogant pride. Their first impressions give way to truer feelings in a comedy concerned with happiness and how it might be achieved.
Supplemental material, Introduction, Notes, Chronology, Pride and Prejudice and Cecilia, Character list and Feigned places.
Oxford University Press (1988)
Hardcover (432) pages
Audio books can be hit or miss totally dependent upon the listener’s connection to the reader. Happily actress Emilia Fox, who portrayed Georgiana Darcy in the 1995 BBC/A&E mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, has a lovely voice and engaging delivery. (Publishers description) Jane Austen’s most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters. This marvelous account of family life in Regency England is read with vigor and style by Emilia Fox.
Naxos Audio Books (2005)
11 Unabridged CD’s, 15 hours
Here is a bit of a novelty for you. An audio recording of a full stage dramatization of P&P. Next best thing would be attending the play itself. (Publishers description) Jane Austen s classic romantic comedy is the sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honorable suitor Mr. Darcy, sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen. Although many have tried, few literary romances have matched the wit and gentle satire of Austen s Pride and Prejudice. Staring Kate Burton, Miriam Margolyes and Kevin Theis.
L.A. Theatre Works (2007)
Unabridged dramatization CD
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
The Austen elves at Girlebooks have assembled an excellent selection of Jane Austen’s Works, Juvenilia and Letters in their usual thoughtful and well formatted layout for your desk top or eReader, all free for your reading enjoyment. (Publishers description) First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice is the most famous of Jane Austen’s novels. Its manuscript was first written between 1796 and 1797, initially called First Impressions, but was never published under that title. It follows the story of the Bennets, a family of 5 daughters, and their trials through romance, economics, pride, and prejudice.
Available formats: Adobe Reader PDF, ePub, Microsoft Reader LIT, Mobipocket/Kindle PRC, Plain Text.
Please join in the celebration of ‘Pride and Prejudice without Zombies’ starting Tuesday, June 15th. I am looking forward to reading Jane Austen’s most popular novel together with you all. We can all express our opinions quite decidedly to irritate Lady Catherine and exorcise the zombies.