Is apparently the title of a new book by John Sutherland and Deirdre LeFaye. Here are some questions from it. I had a little trouble with question #3, the answer to which proves Mrs. Gould (11th grade English) wrong in her claim that the French Revolution & Napoleonic Wars had nothing to do with Jane Austen. (Bitter, me? Still? Perish the thought.)
I'm not sure yet if I want to read The Annotated Pride and Prejudice. I usually insist on scholarly editions of texts when I teach Victorian literature, and I find the notes in Penguin, Broadview, or Oxford Classics editions useful. Norton Criticals usually get a little too interpretive for me, and I fear--based on the article--that this new Pride and Prejudice would as well.
By the way, the Times writer who thinks Dickens doesn't attract the same cultish devotion as Austen has never been to a Dickens Universe. As a grad student there I was amazed by the folks we called "the postilion people" whose every question was about various modes of transportation, distances between coaching inns, etc. Just as obsessive as the Jane-ites, believe me.