Book Nerds everywhere are tipping their hat to a literary classic today, because today is the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. 200 years it’s been on people’s shelves and for 2o0 years, the topics Jane Austen explored in the novel still are prominent today, for a great example of what I mean, be sure to check out Sheila Heti’s recent article in the Globe & Mail, titled ‘On First Looking into Pride and Prejudice’.
In honor of this special day, I did a little research about the book and came up with a list of interesting facts about Jane Austen, the book itself and the impact it’s had on readers over the years.
1. The novel was first published in 1813. (via)
2. The novel was originally titled First Impressions. (via)
3. The wife of Lord Byron called it “a fashionable novel”. (via)
4. Jane Austen sold the rights to Thomas Egerton for £110. (via)
5. P.D. James Death Comes to Pemberley is a murder mystery six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage.
6. The first line in Pride and Prejudice is “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife’.
7. The last line in the book: ‘And they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them’.
8. There are numerous film adaptations of the book, the most recent starring Kiera Knightly & Matthew Macfadyen.
9. There are many character maps decoding the book. Check out wikipedia’s version here.
10. Charlotte Bronte wasn’t a fan and expressed so in a letter to George Henry Lewes. (via)
12. She wrote the book when she was 21 years old, but it didn’t get published until she was 37. (via)
13. The book has sold approximately 20 million copies worldwide. (via)
14. Jane Austen wrote 6 complete novels. (via)
15. The Guardian is celebrating the anniversary by asking authors to provide alternative endings to the beloved book. Click here to read them.
16. Many wedding are inspired by the book, check out these beautiful interpretations!
17. According to Goodreads, these are the Best Pride and Prejudice Sequels/Adaptations/Spin-offs. (via)
19. Typing Pride and Prejudice into Tumblr will provide you with a combination of GIFs, Lizzie Bennet links and beautiful book covers.
20. Speaking of Lizzie Bennet, there is an entire YouTube series called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, surrounding this book set in today’s day and age. If you’ve yet to see it, here are the first 10 videos and the first one below!