On this day, 200 hundred years ago, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice [F AUS] was published! Let's hope it keeps attracting readers for another 200 years!
For a diehard Austen fan the internet has many Jane Austen sites to explore including JaneAusten.org and the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), which will provide you with lots of Pride and Prejudice information.
If you travel to England and would like to visit the places made famous in Pride and Prejudice, there's a map available at the JASNA site. Not to burst your bubble, but some of the locations are fictional--merely a product of Austen's imagination.
One of Austen's favorite settings for her novels was Bath, and if you stop there, you must visit the The Jane Austen Centre. Stay and have some tea in the Regency Tea Room. Here's what's in store for you:
The Tea Room is set on the second floor of the lovely Georgian townhouse you can escape the hustle and bustle of Bath’s busy streets.
We want you you to relax and be refreshed. Our exclusive tea Room menu includes real leaf tea, frothy coffee or a hot Belgian chocolate drink. Our Tea Rooms have a lovely period atmosphere and very friendly staff.
Here's something to think about--if she were alive today, do you think Jane Austen would embrace the world of social media and electronic devices? The people at the Centre probably think so, they've created an iPhone Jane Austen app that you can download for free. It sends you a daily Austen quote!
If you don't have an iPhone, you still can enjoy an Austen quote by looking through any one of Austen's novels! You can also look for Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders by Josephine Ross [823.7 ROS] or "My Dear Cassandra": The Letters of Jane Austen (to her sister) [823.7 AUS], both of which were on the shelf the last time I looked.