Happy 200th to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!

January 28th, 2013

Welcome to my stop on the Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Blog Hop!  First, a valentine to our own dear Jane, and then a giveaway to celebrate…

January 28, 2013

Dear Jane,

Whatever would this world be without your wonderful novel? Although you felt that Pride and Prejudice was perhaps too “light, and bright, and sparkling,” I can assure you that the rest of us beg to disagree.

From readers who adore you and who turn to your books for entertainment, enlightenment, and yes, sometimes comfort, to those of us who fancy ourselves writers, where, I ask you, would we be without your sparkling wit to inspire us to greater heights of achievement?  Or your clever dialogue and unforgettable characters to fill us with glee?  Mr. Collins!  Lady Catherine de Bourgh!  Caroline Bingley and the featherheaded Mrs. Bennet! And of course one of literature’s most enduring and timeless couples, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

Sigh.

Just thinking about all this makes me want to take my well-loved copy of your book from the shelf and reread it.  So I think I shall, but first, let me just wish you the very happiest of anniversaries (no small feat to have remained in print for two centuries). Wherever you are, dear Jane, I hope you know how very much you and your books are loved.

Your faithful literary admirer,

Heather Vogel Frederick

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And now, because I can’t resist an excuse for a giveaway, I’d like to give one reader a copy of my own PIES & PREJUDICE (betcha can’t guess what book inspired THAT!).  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here and tell us what you love about Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.  If you haven’t read the book yet, tell us when you plan to, OK?

PIES & PREJUDICE cover

US/Canada only, please.  The deadline is Sunday February 3rd at midnight PST.  Winner will be announced Monday, February 4th.

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This blog post is part of a 200th Anniversary Blog Hop.  Be sure and hop on over to the other PRIDE AND PREJUDICE anniversary blogs by clicking here!

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Desperately Seeking Austen

July 20th, 2009

Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, England
Earlier this year, I traveled to England for research.  Following in Jane Austen’s footsteps was pure delight — and fellow Austen fans can read more about my trip here, in a recent article from The Christian Science Monitor.

 

Jane Austen wrote many of her novels, including the final draft of Pride and Prejudice, at this modest little table —
no computer, no room of her own, just paper, a quill pen, and her lively imagination.  Amazing! 
(By the way, the visitor on the left is not Jane, but awestruck me.)
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