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Why Your Teen Should Read Pride and Prejudice This Summer

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Ignatius Press recommends Pride and Prejudice for your summer enjoyment. Here's why:

Making the case that everyone should read Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice is easy; it would be far harder to try to make a case not to read Pride and Prejudice. But here is our case: Pride and Prejudice is one of the most influential novels of the 19th century, by one of the greatest female novelists in history. It has been adapted for the screen several times, with varying results. But nothing can compare with reading the original text.

One important element of this novel which is often overlooked in modern film adaptations or in recent critical editions and essays is the Christian morality which underpins and informs the text. Christianity has a profound influence on how Jane Austen sees the world, and to neglect that element can lead to a superficial understanding of her work. Thankfully then, this edition leads the reader to explore the moral and spiritual elements of Austen’s work. From the Ignatius Critical Editions, edited by renowned literary critic and biographer Joseph Pearce, this edition of Pride and Prejudice includes essays by Anthony Esolen, Richard Harp, Douglas Lane Patey, and Christopher Blum. A must for any family library, homeschooling curriculum, or for anyone who wants a richer and more rewarding reading experience!

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