Pride and Prejudice begins with what has become one of the most recognized opening lines in literature. My favorite book among those written by my favorite author, Pride and Prejudice celebrates the 200th anniversary of its publication today, January 28th. What was happening in 1813 when this novel was published? James Madison was president of the United States. He was only the fourth president! The U.S. was fighting the War of 1812 against the British. Wait, what? The War of 1812 went from 1812-1815? What the hell?
|This is a "cottage."|
|Austen's Winchester home|
|Is one of you named Shaun?|
|Naked guy carved in a hillside!|
Alright, back to Jane. I have tried to resist calling her Jane up to this point, but I have typed it several times and have had to go back and replace it with Austen. Fans of Austen's work often refer to her as Jane. Why? Do we feel a greater sense of connection with her? When I talk about Neil Gaiman or Margaret Atwood, it doesn't occur to me to refer to them by their first names. Yet, I refer to Austen as Jane without a second thought. Thanks, Jane. Two hundred years ago you gave us a novel which continues to delight readers and which remains relevant even after two centuries.