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January 28, 2013

Happy 200th to Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice"!

Pride&Prejudice   Of all of Jane Austen's novels, Pride and Prejudice is perhaps not only the most well-known, but also one of those novels that has suffered frequently at the hands of contemporary movie directors forcing it into film form. Even more astonishing, is the controversy of this novel among circles of true Austen fans. It is usually whole- heartedly agreed upon that, although one Austen’s more famous books, Pride and Prejudice is definitely not her best work. It can be argued that Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are generally tied for the title of Best Austen Novel. Be that as it may, today is actually a day to celebrate Pride and Prejudice. Why? Because on this day way back in 1813, this famous book was published for the first time; so here are some interesting facts about Austen and her novel:
  1. Pride and Prejudice was published a mere four years before Austen’s death – she passed away in 1817.
  2. Austen only wrote six novels (for some reason I had imagined many more), and two of these were not published until after she died.
  3. It is sometimes believed that Austen’s cousin Eliza was the model upon which the clever and spirited Elizabeth Bennett was based.
  4. From the time when she started the book Pride and Prejudice in 1796, to the point at which it was finally published in 1813, the entire process took around seventeen years! Wow!
If you’ve never read any of Austen’s novels and would like to give them a try, by all means go for it! I, for one, have been a longtime fan of hers since I was a young girl. However, keep in mind context and the time in which they were written. If you do this, you are sure to find reading any one of her books an enjoyable experience! And don’t forget to check out our nifty Pride and Prejudice art print up on our website! Happy reading! :)