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- Full Title: Pride and Prejudice
- When Written: 1797-1812
- Where Written: Bath, Somerset, England
- When Published: 1813
- Literary Period: Classicism/Romanticism
- Genre: Novel of manners
- Setting: Hertfordshire, London, and Pemberley, all in England at some time during the Napoleonic Wars (1797–1815)
- Climax: The search for Lydia and Wickham
- Antagonist: There is no single antagonist. The sins of pride and prejudice function as the main antagonizing force
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Pride and Silver Screen? Pride and Prejudice was first adapted for movies in a 1940 production starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. It was again filmed in 1995, as a mini-series for A&E Television, featuring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. The most recent production stars Keira Knightley as Elizabeth and was filmed in 2005.
First Impressions: Austen's initial title for her manuscript was "First Impressions." Though the book was eventually published as Pride and Prejudice, the initial title hints at the story's concern for social appearances and the necessity of finding people's true qualities beneath the surface.