Pride and Prejudice
200 Years of the Divine Jane
August 26 – November 7, 2013
When Jane Austen first started writing Pride and Prejudice, one of the most famous and beloved books in all of English literature, she was 21 years old. Originally titled First Impressions, the novel was rejected, sight unseen, by a publisher. Fifteen years later, settled in the English village of Chawton with her mother and sister, Austen perched at a small round table in the dining room, took up First Impressions again, revised it, and re-titled it Pride and Prejudice. This modest woman, who lacked extensive formal education and a room of her own, had just written what many consider to be the perfect novel, a novel that would enter the minds and hearts of millions of people right down to the current day. Pride and Prejudice was published 200 years ago in 1813.
This exhibit features a sampling of editions of Pride and Prejudice, owned by the library’s Special Collections and by private individuals, as well as a collection of Austen artifacts generated by the enormous popularity Austen holds in the general culture. The Jane Austen phenomenon has also created myriad spinoffs of her work, from movies to books, and a small selection of those is included.
As well as the physical exhibit on the second floor of the library, there is also an online exhibit featuring images from many of the books on display.
Join in the fun this term—attend a Jane Austen program:
· Teacher and scholar Constance Walker from Carleton College presents a public lecture, Thursday, September 5 in the CSL (multi-purpose room 3) at 7:00 p.m.
· Tea with Jane! Join the library staff for tea and scones on the patio on Thursday, September 19 at 4:00.
· Sit back, or on the edge of your chair, and enjoy a dramatic reading from Pride and Prejudice with surprise guest readers.