Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old!!

As most of you are probably aware today is an important date, not only for us Janeites but for the literary world in general. It was on this day, the 28th of January 1813, 200 years ago that one of the greatest books of all time was first published: Pride and Prejudice.

Since that day it has been read by millions of people all over the world. Generation after generation has been delighted, enchanted and captivated by the story of the spirited and witty Elizabeth Bennet and the broody and proud but oh so fascinating Mr Darcy.

200 years is a long time. And yet the book is probably loved by more people today than it has ever been before! Surely that must be the sign of a REAL classic!

In a letter written to her sister Cassandra on the 29th of January 1813 Jane Austen writes “I want to tell you that I have got my own darling Child from London”. We can only imagine the feelings she must have felt on first holding in her hand that copy of her own beautiful book, Pride and Prejudice. And I can’t help but hope that a little part of her knew that 200 years from that day her “darling child” would still be read and loved by millions, and considered one of the greatest literary masterpieces that were ever written. I hope she knew.

So this is a special day, and I want to say two things. First, thank you Jane! And secondly, Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice!!

“You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”

 ~Mr Darcy –  Pride and Prejudice

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6 Responses to Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old!!

  1. Lady Disdain says:

    I know – I really hope that she knew, too, but I don’t think she would have dared imagine that it would last THIS long. I hope, somehow, that she knows now anyway.

    Reading that line about her “darling child” and seeing how well it’s done gets me a little choked up :S I just have a lot of feelings about this woman – it’s great to see her works have surpassed any writer’s wildest dreams. SIGH.

  2. Hello, Aurora!

    I knew you would have something fabulous up for Pride & Prejudice’s 200th anniversary! Are you attending any events for the celebration?

  3. Catherine says:

    Hello, Aurora
    I am also a fan of Jane Austen and read all her novels.
    I also collect Barbie dolls and have created some photo adaptations of Austen’s novels on my blog. Austen fans find it inspiring. I would be very glad if you could add me to your blog list with this link to my reproduction of “Pride and Prejudice”
    http://barbiefantasies.com/category/film/pride-and-prejudice-film/
    and/or of “Emma” (that I am publishing regularly on my site):
    http://barbiefantasies.com/category/film/emma/

    Let me know if you are interested and if you want me to link back to you.

    I would be glad to read your answer.
    Cheers,
    Kate

  4. Dorte Kreiberg says:

    I somehow missed this so was glad that you reminded me, so have now seen several versions of the novel as film. And last night I saw Becoming Jane. Thanks…

  5. Aurora says:

    Oh dear, I have completely forgotten to answer here!
    To be perfectly honest I had at first forgotten about it being this specific day, I knew sort of when it would be but I didn’t remember exactly which day it was! But when I did I actually felt strangly emotional about it.
    Katrina, I don’t know if I am attending any events specifically for this, I might do. There are a number of “Pride and Prejudice balls” or Regency House Parties popping up all over the place this year, many as a result of this anniversart, and it would be wonderful to get to attend at least some of them!

  6. Aurora says:

    Hello Catherine,
    How nice to hear from you and to meet another fellow Jane Austen fan :)
    I love how you have combined your collection of Barbies with Jane Austen stories! What a fun and original idea!
    I should be happy to put a link on my blog to your reproductions :)

    All the best,
    Aurora

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