200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice!

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…”

First published on January 28, 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has sold over 20 million copies.

Jane Austen published her first novel on commission, meaning she paid the cost of publication upfront.  For Pride and Prejudice, Jane sold the copyright for £110,  £30 under what she eventually made for the first printing of Sense and Sensibility.  This proved to be an unwise decision as printings of Pride and Prejudice earned the publisher hundreds of pounds during her lifetime.

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‘Pride And Prejudice’ Turns 200: A Cartoon Celebration

January 27, 201312:00 PM

This week marks an important milestone for anyone who swoons at the very mention of Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is turning 200, and to celebrate its bicentennial, cartoonist Jen Sorensen drew up an illustrated version of the classic.

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/27/170253360/pride-and-prejudice-turns-200

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