Happy 200th Birthday Pride and Prejudice
28 January 2013
Pride and Prejudice: A Regency Romance
Two hundred years ago, in January 1813 Jane Austen’s second novel Pride and Prejudice was published in London. Born in Hampshire in 1775, Jane Austen is one of the most widely read authors in English Literature.
She started writing at a young age and shared her work with her family of five brothers and a sister, but it was not until 1811 that her first novel, Sense and Sensibility was published. In total she wrote only six romantic novels, but these are known worldwide. Not only have they been translated into many languages, but many non-readers are also familiar with the world of the landed gentry and the aristocracy in Regency England due to the numerous film and television adaptations.
Although the writer of such romantic stories, neither Jane nor her sister Cassandra ever married. In December 1802 Jane received her one proposal of marriage from Mr Harris Bigg-Wither and accepted. The next morning she realised her mistake and withdrew her acceptance.
Writers such as Georgette Heyer were influenced by Austen’s work and have continued her theme of the Regency Romance. Jane Austen’s books have become a model formula for today’s romance writers.
You can find out about Jane Austen; enjoy reading one of her novels; or read a spirited romp from an author influenced by her writings. Choose from this selection in the Calibre library, but be warned – smelling salts are not included!
EMMA ( 7369)
MANSFIELD PARK (7381)
NORTHANGER ABBEY (7386)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (7421)
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY new recording coming soon
Joanna Trollope is one of six contemporary authors who are rewriting the books of Jane Austen for The Austen Project. Sense & Sensibility will be published in October by HarperFiction.
JANE AUSTEN by David Noakes (5105)
JANE AUSTEN by Carol Shields (6107)
JANE AUSTEN: A Life by Claire Tomalin (4958)
And coming soon is:
JANE AUSTEN: A Companion by Josephine Ross
Jane Austen Inspired Fiction
THE EXPLOITS OF MISS ALETHEA DARCY by Elizabeth Aston (8361)
THE SECOND MRS DARCY by Elizabeth Aston (8360)
THE TRUE DARCY SPIRIT by Elizabeth Aston (8368)
THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB by Karen Joy Fowler (6980)
BATHTANGLE by Georgette Heyer (9200)
COTILLION by Georgette Heyer (7032)
FREDERICA by Georgette Heyer (9201)
THE TALISMAN RING by Georgette Heyer (7047)
THE TOLL-GATE by Georgette Heyer (5650)
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY by P D James (9167)
CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laura Viera Rigler (8847)