Jane Austen

These exquisite and collectible editions are published as a part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series. Designed by the multi-award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, the series features editions that are bound in high-quality, colorful, and tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. When Elizabeth Bennet first encounters eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, her first impression of him is that he is conceited and arrogant; he is oblivious to her attractive appearance and active mind. After she learns that Darcy meddled in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her cherished sister Jane, she becomes even more determined to despise him than she was before. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen demonstrates the folly of judging someone based on their first impression. She does an excellent job of evoking the friendships, gossip, and snobberies prevalent in provincial middle-class life.