“Pride and Prejudice” is a fictional novel set in England at the turn of the 19th century. It follows the character Elizabeth Bennet as she learns to deal with a number of different issues within the social classes of the time. The novel has been extremely popular ever since it was written and it is estimated that over 20 million copies have been sold around the world. It is widely regarded as one of the best loved English language books in the world. This popularity has led to a number of adaptations such as; movies, television series, stage shows and more. A number of unofficial adaptations, prequels or sequels have also been written. Let’s find out who wrote this popular novel.
Who wrote “Pride and Prejudice”?
“Pride and Prejudice” was written by the famous English romance author Jane Austen. She began work on the novel, originally titled “First Impressions,” in 1796 and it was finished about a year later. Her father tried to create some interest for the novel, but there was none. She made many revisions to the novel beginning in 1811 and she renamed the story “Pride and Prejudice.” By this time she was already known as an author, she had “Sense and Sensibility” published in 1811, and had no trouble finding interest. She sold the copyright to Thomas Egerton for £110 and the first edition was released in January 1813. It is estimated that Egerton made £450 from the first two editions of the book alone! The novel was well received by critics and the public and the first edition sold out very quickly. By 1817 it was so popular that a third edition was printed.
Did you know?
The novel was not published in the United States until 1832 and was known as “Elizabeth Bennet or, Pride and Prejudice.”