Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous novels in English literature, and it just turned 200 years old today.
A bicentennial celebration is a HUGE accomplishment, but how many books by female authors have been remembered in such a wide-reaching, even fanatical way? We can find Jane Austen fans in nearly every age group--in the UK, around the world, and in every region of the US (Pride and Prejudice is Austen's most widely read novel, internationally renowned).
If you're at all surprised by Jane Austen mania (particularly in this age when we're all supposed to hate reading books--classics in particular), just take a look at some of the stories (and multimedia tie-ins) from today:
- KUOW - featuring a story about a 200-pound orangutan who loves to hear Pride and Prejudice
- Pride & Prejudice 200 - Facebook page
- HuffPost - Austenganza
- Reuters - Video
- Telegraph - Quiz
So, how did you celebrate the novel (and its author) today?
I can tell you what I've been doing (not just today, but ever since I received the book): I've been reading White's Fine Edition of Pride and Prejudice. It's a rather unique book: real-cloth cover; wrap-around cover design; authoritative text (of course); and thick, acid-free paper. For me (as I've begun to get almost accustomed to Kindle-Fire reading), it has felt something like a rare reading pleasure... (You can see a gallery-display of White's Fine Editions here: Jupiter Books.)
So, I'm curious... Which edition of Pride and Prejudice do you absolutely love? And, then the next natural questions: what do you remember about the story? Here are a few ideas for today:
- Read the novel.
- Take the Pride and Prejudice quiz. Test your knowledge about one of the greatest novels of that period.
- If you don't already own the book, buy the book here: Pride and Prejudice
- Listen to the novel via Audible.com.