Pride and Prejudice
"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 by Jane Austen which is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its publication.
Pride and Prejudice has got to be my favourite Jane Austen - I've lost count of the amount of times I've read the book, watched too many film versions, viewed copious TV dramas....
....but ultimately there is only one Fitzwilliam Darcy...
Pride and Prejudice was Jane Austen's second published novel. The copyright of the novel was sold to publisher Thomas Egerton of Whitehall for £110. The first edition of the book was published on the 27th January 1813 and was priced at 18 shillings and promptly sold out ,with a second edition publication run in November of the same year, the third edition was published in 1817. Since then the book has gone on to sell over 20 million copies world wide and is regularly listed as one of the most popular novels in English literature.