In three volumes
Author of "Sense and Sensibility."
Facts about Pride and Prejudice -
It went on sale as three, hard-backed volumes on January 28, 1813 - available for 18 shillings.
It was originally titled "First Impressions" and written as an epistolary novel. This draft was written in less than a year from 1796 to 1797 (age 20 to 21).
The author sold the manuscript to the publisher for £110. Despite its instant success, this was all she ever made off it even though her publisher made ~£450 from the first two editions alone.
Austen's name was never associated with it during her lifetime.
The final title was most likely inspired from a line the last chapter of Cecilia by Fanny Burney - one of Austen's favorite female authors.
After being set to type, the original manuscript in Austen's hand was destroyed.
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