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Pride and Prejudice
Narrated by Josephine Bailey
Written by Jane Austen

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, one of the most universally loved and admired English novels. Although published as a popular entertainment in 1813, the artistry of Jane Austen transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life that is now regarded as one of the principal treasures of the English language.

In a remote village in Hertfordshire, England, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet -- a country squire of no great fortune and his scatterbrained wife -- must marry off their five vivacious daughters. At the heart of this all-consuming enterprise are the headstrong second daughter Elizabeth and her aristocratic suitor Fitzwilliam Darcy, two lovers in whom pride and prejudice must be overcome before love can bring the novel to its magnificent conclusion.

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