Robert P. Irvine, of the Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh, has previously published on Smollett and Scott.
Austen is the hot property of the entertainment world with new feature film versions of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility on the silver screen and Pride and Prejudice hitting the TV airwaves on PBS. Such high visibility will inevitably draw renewed interest in the original source materials. These new Modern Library editions offer quality hardcovers at affordable prices.
Robert Irvine's edition of Austen's Pride and Prejudice is
a wonderfully illuminating text of an often misunderstood classic.
Irvine's introduction is subtle, shrewd, and penetrating, offering
a convincing historical and cultural interpretation of Austen's
novel that will help readers to understand its full complexity." -
John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania
"Elizabeth and Darcy come to life-rich, historical life-in this brilliant Broadview edition. Thanks to a compelling introduction and capacious appendices, we can see how their private compromise enacts a public one: old and new wealth merge as the English appropriate their own elite 'as an aesthetic phenomenon'-an appropriation that transforms national identity into a matter of 'culture.' Irvine's Pride and Prejudice matches a carefully annotated text with a critical frame that synthesizes the seemingly disparate strands-political, socio-economic, feminist-of recent Austen criticism." - Clifford Siskin, University of Glasgow