Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman.
Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of 'most loved books' such as The Big Read. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars.
Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.
虽然这本书的设定是在19世纪初期，它依旧吸引着无数当代读者，持续出现在The Big Read榜单“读者最钟爱的书籍”榜单的前列。这部小说成为英国文学史上最受欢迎的小说之一，博得了诸多文学学者的注意力。由于当代读者的热爱，这本小说发生了巨大的变动，衍生出了诸多小说和故事效仿简•奥斯丁塑造的深得人心的人物和主题。至今，这本书已经在全世界销售了2千万本。