Pride and Prejudice is largely concerned with the adventures of the wealthy gentry. The social etiquette [etiquette: Customs or rules controlling social and moral behaviour. ] of the early nineteenth century was very different from today's.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire. The daughter of a clergyman, she was the seventh of eight children. Her formal education ended when she was just 11 years old, but her father, rather like Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, had a good library and Jane used it well.
Even as a teenager, her writing was lively and humorous. Although Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, she'd written an earlier version many years before - it was refused by a London publisher in 1797.
While Austen wrote a great deal about marriage, she never married or had children herself, although she used to love spending time with her many nieces and nephews.
She died on 18 July 1817.