Thursday, February 28, 2013

Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice

sillhouettte.gif (9485 bytes)This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.This still popular novel portrays life in the genteel countryside society of that time.  It chronicles the misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between the quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet  and the haughty Mr. Darcy.

The book has been published, adapted, translated, and loved over the past 200 years. The library has several copies of Pride and Prejudice in both regular and large print, on Audio CD, and 10 movies (one on Blu-Ray) based on the book with a music CD from the 2006 film.

There are adaptations such as Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James;  Elizabeth Aston's novel Mr. Darcy's Daughters has pleased many Austen fans; Carrie Bebris uses a lighter tone in her Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries--the first is Pride and Prescience. Stephanie Barron takes a more serious approach  and imagines Jane Austen herself as the sleuth in her British mysteries--the first in her series is Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor.

Teen novels using Austen’s theme are Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg  and Heather Vogel Frederick’s Pies & Prejudice

Try one or more of the above suggestions or check with the librarians in the Teen and Adult department for other authors who celebrate Jane Austen and her works.

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