Celebrating Pride and Prejudice 200 Years of Jane Austen's Masterpiece

ISBN-10: 0760344361
ISBN-13: 9780760344361
Edition: 2013
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Description: “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure,” Elizabeth Bennet tells Fitzwilliam Darcy in one of countless exhilarating scenes inPride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen.The remembrance of Austen’s brilliant work has given its readers  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group USA
Publication date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure,” Elizabeth Bennet tells Fitzwilliam Darcy in one of countless exhilarating scenes inPride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen.The remembrance of Austen’s brilliant work has given its readers pleasure for 200 years and is certain to do so for centuries to come. The book is incomparable for its wit, humor, and insights into how we think and act—and how our “first impressions” (the book’s initial title) can often be remarkably off-base. All of these facets are explored and commemorated inCelebrating Pride and Prejudice, written by preeminent Austen scholar Susannah Fullerton. Fullerton delves into what makesPride and Prejudicesuch a groundbreaking masterpiece, including the story behind its creation (the first version may have been an epistolary novel written when Austen was only twenty), its reception upon publication, and its tremendous legacy, from the many films and miniseries inspired by the book (such as the 1995 BBC miniseries starring Colin Firth) to the even more numerous “sequels,” adaptations, mash-ups (zombies and vampires and the like), and pieces of merchandise, many of them very bizarre. Interspersed throughout are fascinating stories about Austen’s brief engagement (perhaps to the man who inspired the ridiculous Mr. Collins), the “Darcin” pheromone, the ways in whichPride and Prejudiceserved as bibliotherapy in the World War I trenches, why it caused one famous author to be tempted into thievery, and much more.Celebrating Pride and Prejudiceis a wonderful celebration of a book that has had an immeasurable influence on literature and on anyone who has had the good fortune to discover it.

Susannah Fullerton is the president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and a well-known literary lecturer. She leads literary tours around England every year.

Introduction
'My Own Darling Child': The Writing of Pride and Prejudice
'A Very Superior Work': Reactions to Pride and Prejudice
'A Truth Universally Acknowledged': The Famous First Sentence
'Bright and Sparkling': The Style of Pride and Prejudice
'As Charming a Creature': The Heroine, Elizabeth Bennet
'Mr Darcy … is the Man!': The Hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy
'The Female Line': Her Relations
'The Same Noble Line': His Relations
'Delighting in the Ridiculous': Other Characters
Pride and Prejudice Goes Overseas: The Translations
'Pictures of Perfection': Illustrating and Covering Pride and Prejudice
Did They All Live Happily Ever After?: Sequels and Adaptations
Bonnets and Bosoms: Film and Theatrical Versions
Mugs and Skateboards: Selling Pride and Prejudice
'Behold Me Immortal': Pride and Prejudice Now and in the Future
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments
Picture Credits

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