This is book number 1 in the Jane Austen series.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a perennial classic and one of the most well-loved books of the past centuries - for good reason. It speaks to both general readers and critics, for what may seem to be simply a nineteenth-century rom-com is, in truth, a sparkling commentary on English society, the dependency of women, and the variable significance of money and love. Austen's wit is incomparable, her accusations just, and her love stories touching.— Kate
Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel by Jane Austen. It charts the emotional development of the protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Britain.Mr. Bennet of the Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is inalienable intact entailed by a fee tail male, meaning that none of the girls can inherit it. His wife has no fortune, so it is imperative that at least one of the girls marry well to support the others upon his death. Jane Austen's opening line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife", is a sentence filled with irony and playfulness. The novel revolves around the importance of marrying for love, not simply for money, despite the social pressures to make a good (i.e., wealthy) match.