200 years of Pride and Prejudice
The 28th January 2013 will mark the anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, which was first published back in 1813. Readers have laughed at the foolish Mr Collins, sympathised with Jane in her struggle to be with Bingley, urged Lizzie on when passionately asserting her opinions and fallen in love with the proud Mr Darcy. Countless dramas and adaptations of the book have entertained viewers for years, including the popular BBC adaption with Colin Firth and the unforgettable Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Pride and Prejudice is Austen’s ‘darling child’ and most popular novel, and the Jane Austen festival in Bath later this year promises to celebrate it in style, promising to be one of the busiest Austen festivals ever. Sixty-seven are to be spread out over nine days this September, in which those lucky enough to be there in Bath will enjoy concerts, theatricals, workshops and the Regency Costumed Masked Ball- back by popular demand. And don’t forget the famous Grand Regency Costumed Promenade, through the centre of the city. I went to Bath last April, so I’ve seen how beautiful it is and how amazing it would be to be there for the festival; jealous doesn’t even cut it!
Authors Hazel Jones and Maggie Lane have also written the beautifully illustrated ‘Celebrating Pride and Prejudice’ to celebrate the anniversary. The book explores the colourful history of Pride and Prejudice and it’s growing popularity 200 years on in academia, fiction, media, and tourism. The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy has captured readers for centuries and definitely deserves the recognition and huge celebration it will receive this 2013.