Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work" her own darling child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet," as pleasurable a critter as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the opinioned Elizabeth and her proud beau,Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of cultivated sparring. And Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of coyness and conspiracy, making this book the most superb comedy of mores of Regency England.