Jane Austen is one of the founders of classic novels for women, first publishing Pride and Prejudice in 1813. Pride and Prejudice is rightfully considered to be the masterpiece of the world literature, leaving readers mesmerized by the love story of Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth for over 200 years. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars.