Pride and Prejudice Turns 205

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  

These are the first words that you read when you open the book. The words that set the scene for the entire novel and the words that have kept readers enchanted with the novel for 205 years.  

Pride and Prejudice, originally entitled First Impressions, was rejected for publication shortly after Austen finished writing the novel in 1797 at the age of 21. However, after the successful publication of her first novel Sense and Sensibility in 1811, Austen was able to get the novel published in 1813 after many revisions at the age of 37. The novel was instantly a hit and a second edition of the novel was published later that same year.  

Throughout the 205 years since it’s been published, Pride and Prejudice has been a favorite to many.  Because of this, there have been many editions printed and many adaptations of the novel published and filmed. Luckily, the library has many of these adaptations.

Pride and Prejudice Adaptations

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Want to learn more about Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen?

The Jane Austen Society of North America has information on Austen's life, her works, and publications written on and about Austen and her works. 

Jane, opens a new window has information about the Regency time period, Austen's life, her works, places where she lived and visited, and a list of books for additional research.  

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