2013 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. To celebrate the staying power of one of Austen’s most beloved works, consider exploring alternative formats and editions. (If you haven’t read the novel, give yourself that pleasure first—the Penguin Classics (2002) with an introduction by Tony Tanner is an excellent edition).
- Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition by
Jane Austen. ed. by Patricia Meyer Spacks (Belknap: Harvard Univ. Pr.)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. narrated by Flo Gibson (Recorded Bks)
- Pride and Prejudice by Nancy Butler (text) & Hugo Petrus (illus.) (Marvel)
- Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle (BBC)
- The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?annotation_id=annotation_232544&feature=iv&list=PL6690D980D8A65D08&src_vid=6Yq7aJ2uVBg
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!––When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (via schoollibraryjournal)
The LJ tumblr missed P & P’s 200th anniversary. If ever a book deserved a well-celebrated birthday, its this one.
This weekend, seven hundred members of the Jane Austen Society of North America congregated in Brooklyn for its inaugural meeting, a discussion of sex, money, and power. Anna Quindlen delivered the keynote. Cornel West addressed suffering. And, of course, bonnets were worn. “This is a place where people can let their Jane Austen freak flag fly,” said one attendee. [New York Times]
With the Olympics coming up, its appropriate to remember this awesome campaign Dwyane Wade did with Penguin.
The project began when Penguin Classics and the NBA asked Wade to help celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Penguin Classics and NBA Cares “Read to Achieve” Literacy Initiative by choosing a classic title. Wade selected Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudiceas his favorite Penguin Classic.
“I’ve read Pride and Prejudice a couple of times,” Wade explained. “It’s one of my favorite books, which usually surprises people. I guess they wonder how a love story from Regency England could be relevant to a 21st century basketball player from the Southside of Chicago. Class struggle, overcoming stereotypes and humble beginnings, getting out of your own way and letting love take over: these are things I can relate to, definitely.”
Amen Dwyane Wade, amen.