By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
Anytime I attempt to remember when I first read Pride and Prejudice, I can never remember the exact date. I have found mention in my diaries comments such as, “Re-read Pride and Prejudice again. I love this book so much; Jane Austen was a genius!” But the very first time? No idea. But this does not really matter, for there is something about Pride and Prejudice that not only gets better with time, but there always seems to be fresh ways of reading or seeing it.
In addition to the many copies of the original story, there are graphic novels, video games, zombies, and hundreds (if not thousands) of variations of the story. In the film department, there is Pride and Prejudice(2005), staring Keira Knightly; Pride and Prejudice(1995), staring Colin Firth, he of the infamous pond scene; Bridget Jones’ Diary, and even You’ve Got Mail. A new web series, The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, has been gaining a lot of love as of late. I also recommend Lost in Austen, which is absolutely adorable. (You can get it via MelCat here or here.)
In addition to some of the above, the library also has a fairly extensive collection of Jane Austen materials, ranging from books, ebooks, video, audio, and criticism.
And if that is still not enough, there is lots of celebrations going on all over the world as well as online for Pride and Prejudice‘s birthday.
- Goucher College has an on campus and online exhibit, Pride and Prejudice: A 200 Year Affair, that runs until July, 2013
- The United Kingdom’s Royal Mail has issued Jane Austen stamps for the occasion, which you can buy online.
- Planning a party? Pinterest has some lovely ideas to create a P+P inspired party
- If you happen to find yourself over in England, see if you can wrangle up an invite to the recreation of Netherfield Ball
- The magazine, Jane Austen’s Regency World, is putting out a book celebrating Pride and Prejudice
- Jane Austen’s House Museum, has put together a great site of information covering year long US and UK events for the celebration
- You can join the Jane Austen Society of North America, and attend their yearly general meeting. This year the theme is, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice… Timeless
If you’re curious about the period of which Austen lived, GRCC library has materials on Regency and Georgian eras. Austen was influenced by many famous writers of her day including Ann Radcliffe, Fanny Burney, Charlotte Lennox, Samuel Richardson, and Sir Walter Scott, which you can find all at GRCC Library. U of Michigan has an online exhibit of 18th Century Women’s Emotions, which includes sources and information, on how women in the 18th and 19th centuries should conduct themselves.