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2. Overview: What's love got to do with it?

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen, 1813
Famous for: Simpering fools, a spunky heroine, perhaps the greatest love story of all time.

If you were a time traveler, the late18th Century/early 19th Century England that Jane Austen knew is not necessarily an era you’d want to visit. Besides the dirt and the stench—and did we mention the lack of running water?—there were class issues that made life for those in the Bennet family’s position less than enjoyable. So don’t call Pride and Prejudice a mere love story. Jane Austen set out to tackle the issues of her time—and the social commentary in Pride and Prejudice was the result.

 

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