Pride and Prejudice's Birthday
By Lisa Karon Richardson
Pull out the party hats! Kazoos for all!
"What," you may ask, "are we celebrating?"
The answer, sweet reader is the fact that on this day, January 28th, in 1813, Pride and Prejudice was published by Thomas Egerton. Jane Austen would not have had the luxury of pre-orders or Amazon statistics to check on how her new baby was doing as it wobbled its way into the world. But just as it is for authors today, the release day of her novel must have felt like a culmination.
And frankly, it was the birth of a new literary era as well. Jane's novels were imbued with a sense of realism which had been wholly lacking in the overwrought gothic romances that were popular at the time. We have much to thank Miss Austen for. (Not the least of which is the creation of the superb Mr. Darcy.)
So, to celebrate I leave you with a glimpse of why so many find Mr. Darcy so very irresistible.
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Why or why not?