“It is a truth universally acknowledged” that one must be in want of a good book!
200 years ago, on 27 Jan 1813, Jane Austen received her first published copy of Pride & Prejudice, a day in advance of the announcement on 28 Jan 1813. The novel was initially titled First Impressions, written between 1796-1797. Unfortunately, it was rejected and Austen set about revising the novel between 1811-12. Not long after P&P was published, it was translated into French, German, Danish, and Swedish. Today, it is one of our most beloved novels of all time. Many women dream of finding a Mr Darcy. Some women can relate to the heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. The novel has been adapted for television and film, as well as countless renditions of the P&P tale. Oh, take me to your idyllic Regency world, Miss Austen!
Here are some exciting things to look forward to this year in honour of P&P and Jane Austen!
- BBC’s Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball: Easter/spring – BBC2
“In a 90-minute special, experts will re-stage the planning and rehearsals for an early 19th century ball, as well as looking back at the first-hand testimony of ball-goers of the time. […] Programme-makers will look at all aspects including the dancing, the music, the food and the fashion.” (Source: BBC recreates Netherfield Ball for 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice – independent.co.uk)
- Royal Mail to issue a set of Jane Austen Commemorative Stamps (austenonly.com): 21 February
Are these not lovely? It’s £20.
- Jane Austen Stamp Set: £5.30 (incl VAT) – 6 stamps
- Jane Austen Presentation Pack: £5.80 (incl VAT) – 6 stamps + illustrated presentation on Jane’s life and works
- Jane Austen Stamp Cards: £2.70 (incl VAT) – 6 enlarged versions of the stamps cards
- Jane Austen First Day Cover – “The  stamps are affixed to a cover featuring a Jane Austen signature and the insert card features copy by Austen scholar Deirdre La Faye. It is cancelled with a STEVENTON, BASINGSTOKE postmark chosen as it was the home of Jane Austen for many years.” **Please note they’re not the ones pictured above!
Austenland (movie) – Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, Austenland follows the ‘adventure’ of Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell) as she travels to an English resort for Austen-crazed women like herself. The film will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January. Unfortunately, no other news on when everyone else will get to see it. I am looking forward to seeing JJ Feild, who played my beloved Mr Tilney in BBC’s Northanger Abbey (2007). 🙂
Once you’ve seen the movie, you will probably want to experience Regency life as well! So save up and visit Bath to attend one of these events or to check out the Jane Austen Centre.
- 4th Jane Austen Regency Costumed Summer Ball: Sat, 22 June – Guildhall, Bath, England
Tickets: £50. Limited to 140 attendees.
- Jane Austen Festival: 13-21 September – Bath, England
- 3rd Masked Ball – Bath’s Pump House
Tickets: £82 (2012). Limited to 130 attendees.
- 3rd Masked Ball – Bath’s Pump House
- 200th anniversary of Hampshire author Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to be celebrated this month (basingstokegazette.co.uk)
- 7 People Who Hated Pride and Prejudice (mentalfloss.com)
- Lifetime, Jennifer Love Hewitt team for modern-day “Pride and Prejudice” (panarmenian.net)
- Pride and Prejudice: a love story centuries old, but eternally fresh (telegraph.co.uk)
- Pete McMartin: The 200-year-old love affair of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
- The Pride And Prejudice dance revival (telegraph.co.uk)
- And so it begins…Celebrating 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice at Austenonly (austenonly.com)
- Austen Fans to Celebrate 200 Years of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Pride and Prejudice at 200: is it time for a video game (guardian.co.uk)
- Bridget Jones vs Pride and Prejudice (bbc.co.uk)
- Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen fans celebrate novel’s 200th anniversary (BBC)
- Butlers History of Service (butlersbingo.com)
- How to Flirt Jane Austen Style (abullseyeview.com)
- How to Talk Like Jane Austen (wordnik.com)
- Act Regency right with ‘The Jane Austen Handbook’ (giveaway) (writemeg.com)
- The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 (austenprose.com)
- Experience the Pride and Prejudice Lifestyle (Visit Britain)
- Pride and Prejudice at 200: take the quiz ( telegraph.co.uk)
Books For Janeites
- Austentatious Crochet
- The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen
- A Dance with Jane Austen
- Jane Austen and the Clergy
- The Jane Austen Cookbook
- Jane Austen Companion
- Jane Austen Companion to Life
- Jane Austen Companion to Love
- A Jane Austen Devotional
- Jane Austen for Dummies
- A Jane Austen Education
- Jane Austen’s England
- Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners
- The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After
- The Jane Austen Guide to Life
- The Jane Austen Handbook
- Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book
- Jane Austen on Love and Romance
- Jane Austen & Marriage
- The Jane Austen Pocket Bible
- List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen
- In the Garden with Jane Austen
- Miss Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas
- What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew
- What Matters in Jane Austen
- Jane Austen in Bath: Walking Tours of the Writer’s City
- Georgette Heyer’s Regency World
- Marvel’s Pride & Prejudice
- The Savvy Gal”s Guide to Online Networking (or What Would Jane Austen Do?)
- Pride and Prejudice retold from Servants’ Viewpoint (BBC) NEW!
Pride & Prejudice Interactive Guide