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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a literary gem of all times, was originally titled First Impressions. The book was written almost two decades before its first publication in 1813 under the title First Impressions because the appearance of characters and their first impressions define its plot.

Austen later renamed it to Pride and Prejudice to avoid confusion with contemporary works by the same name (First Impressions by Margaret Holford and another by Horace Smith).

Jane Austen, probably, chose the name “Pride and Prejudice” from the final chapters of one of her favorite novels – Cecilia by Fanny Burney, where this phrase is used several times.

 

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