Happily Ever After:
Celebrating Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice'

Learn how Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice first came to be written, the struggle to get it published and about the first reactions of readers. Discover why the world so loves this book.

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Pride and Prejudice can claim to be the world’s favourite novel. It was first published in 1813 and since then it has delighted readers around the world.

Happily Ever After tells how it first came to be written, the struggle to get it published and what the first reactions of readers were like. It looks at the incredible charm of the heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, and at the sexiness of the hero, Mr Darcy. Also discussed are the style of the novel – what was so ground-breaking about Austen’s style? – the vast range of sequels and prequels, and the translations (what happens to Pride and Prejudice when it is re-written in another language?).

Susannah Fullerton looks at the tourism and merchandise connected with this classic book, at the illustrations and covers which have accompanied it, and at the reasons for its lasting popularity.

“It’s rare that you come across a book, completely dedicated to Pride and Prejudice, that truly delves into it in a way that is both academic and entertaining. This is that book.”
― Jennifer Duke, The Bennet Sisters

Many people have enjoyed reading Susannah Fullerton’s, Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Read more of their reviews here.

Pride and Prejudice has a fair claim to being the world’s favourite novel. Read and studied from Cheltenham to China, it has been translated into many languages and adapted into countless films. This book describes how Jane Austen wrote her masterpiece, its initial lukewarm reception and its gradually growing popularity. It examines its much-loved characters, its wicked irony, its brilliant structure and revolutionary use of free indirect speech, and its continuing power to inspire sequels, parodies and screen adaptations.

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