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Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen's Masterpiece [Hardcover]

Susannah Fullerton
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN) (1 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760344361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760344361
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 17.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celebrating Pride and Prejudice "Pride and Prejudice "is studied and celebrated, and its creation and phenomenal legacy thoroughly explored, in this loving tribute to Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece. Full description

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same book as "Happily Ever After...." 18 Dec 2013
This appears to be a US version of "Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice", published by Francis Lincoln
Happily Ever After Celebrating Prejudice
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Read! 3 Jan 2013
By Anthea - Published on Amazon.com
It is impossible to imagine a better celebration of my favourite novel than this fabulous new book. Having read Susannah Fullerton's ground-breaking 'Jane Austen and Crime', I approached this book with high expectations - they were exceeded. The book tells the fascinating story of how 'Pride and Prejudice' came to be published, the initial reactions to the novel and how from the very beginning it gained fervent admirers, and then it shows the incredible growth in popularity over the decades.
There is an intriguing chapter on the translations of the novel. I had no idea that a French translation appeared the very year in which the novel was first published, though it does sound as if it did no justice to the book whatsoever! I especially enjoyed the chapter on the first sentence. I knew it was famous, but had little understanding of why it has become so famous and what richness there is in just that one sentence. The chapter on sequels and prequels was eye-opening - I knew there were lots of them out there, but had no conception of just what lengths they go to and how weird and wonderful some of them are. And then there was the most interesting chapter about all the merchandise - 'Pride and Prejudice' quotes on skateboards, or nappies, T-shirts and china. I boggled over all the stuff that quotes or imitates 'Pride and Prejudice' in some way.
'Celebrating Pride and Prejudice' has some fantastic illustrations too, so is a joy to look at as well as to read. I had never seen the illustrations by Robert Ball or Phillip Gough before, and loved seeing the Dutch Mr Darcy and pictures from lesser known film versions.
My only complaint about this book was that it came to an end. If I could give it 10 stars out of 5 I would do so. Jane Austen would have been delighted to think her "darling child" was being celebrated in such a beautifully written, comprehensive, entertaining and thought-provoking book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to treasure and debate 14 Feb 2013
By Laurel Ann - Published on Amazon.com
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Besides being trotted out for the opening of every news article containing anything vaguely related to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, its author, its characters, its plot or any other self-serving cause, I have seen this famous first line from the novel on T shirts, mugs, book bags and stationary. It is indeed a truth universally acknowledged that PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is a phenomenon!

Exalted by scholars and embraced by the masses, it is indeed a literary treasure for the everyman. In this year of its 200th birthday, the outpouring of celebration in the press, online and in print confirms our longstanding love affair and addiction. We just can't get enough of it.

Just in time for the year-long festivities is CELEBRATING PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: 200 YEARS OF JANE AUSTEN'S MASTERPIECE, an in-depth exploration of Jane Austen's classic novel by Susannah Fullerton. At 240 pages, it is packed full of text and many full-color illustrations--something for everyone from the novice reader to veteran Janeite. The volume covers a range of topics as the chapters are broken down by categories such as the writing of, the reactions to, the style of, the heroine, the hero, illustrations, sequels and adaptations, theatrical versions, and, of course a whole chapter devoted to the famous opening line quoted above.

My "first impressions" of this tribute to one of my favorite novels was the stunning cover resplendent with the plume of a peacock (the iconic symbol or pride) and appropriately in peacock blue! They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I do. If a publisher does not care enough about that "first impression" then why should I buy their book? Flipping through the pages the overall design is polished and each of the illustration is credited. Huzzah! And boy do the illustrations pop. Each page has something iconic or new, even to this die-hard Austen book collector who owns numerous illustrated editions of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE dating back to the 1890's!

Fullerton discusses every aspect of this novel imaginable, but one subject is of particular interest to me: Sequels and Adaptations. Are you surprised dear reader? Yes, I have read a few Austen-inspired novels in my day and can appreciate Fullerton's keen eye for the sublime and the ridiculous and the "uses and abuses" by many. She does however look at the phenomena of the Austen spinoff with her tongue firmly set in her cheek; occasionally taking a painful stab.

"There is only one PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and for many readers, that is simply not enough. They want more! And if Jane Austen could imagine lives for her characters after the ending of her novel - a clergyman husband for Kitty and one of Uncle Philip's clerks for Mary - why should not other authors do the same?" p. 155

Many could argue the point, and do, but Fullerton is celebrating PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and its impact on readers and culture, warts and all. She goes on to enlighten us on the differences between mixed sequels such as OLD FRIENDS AND NEW FANCIES, by Sybil Briton (misspelled Brunton), continuations like A MATCH FOR MARY BENNET, by Eucharista Ward, "Jane Austen would surely have been the first to scoff at such Evangelical claptrap," (ouch) and retellings and their variation the "what if" like FITZWILLIAM DARCY AN HONOURABLE MAN, by Brenda Webb. However, we were not amused when her historical outline turned into finger pointing and our eyebrows often reached our hairline over such statements as...

"Abigail Reynolds has written "A PEMBERLEY MEDLEY of five variations of Darcy's story, and Mary Simonsen has had at least three goes at making Darcy do what she wants him to do. Perhaps readers should pause over MR. DARCY TAKES THE PLUNGE to ask what depths this hero must be further expected to plumb?" p. 160

The chapter continues with explorations of Austen-inspired mysteries, paranormal, children's adaptation, chick lit and regencies, and pornographic novels. Fullerton states that no other novel has inspired so many prequels, sequels etc. than PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. She bluntly asks if these other books are vital to the enjoyment of the original or "simply derivative rubbish we can all live without?" and then softens her blow in the last line of the chapter, "For with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE it has turned out that "The End" was really just the beginning." p. 173

Fullerton has supplied her view of a great novel and given us a volume to treasure and debate. I greatly enjoyed the details and images, and most of the observations in this tribute, yet I have come away feeling my heart divided between admiration and resentment for the author. Could it be that our "personal" PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and its characters are so deeply entrenched in the hearts of many, and interpreted so differently by most, that others will be at odds with her choices too? Am I pulling a Lizzy Bennet and "not making allowance enough for difference of situation and temper"? Quite possibly, but I will not let it ruin my happiness. CELEBRATING PRIDE AND PREJUDICE is a must read this year, if only to rejoice in our differences of opinion and laugh in our turn.

Laurel Ann, Austenprose
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After 6 Jan 2013
By Marion - Published on Amazon.com
This is a delightful read! Jane Austen would have felt great pride if she could have read it herself. Susannah Fullerton does great justice to this celebration of 200 years of Pride and Prejudice with her deep love and knowledge of the book and it's author.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susannah Fullerton 5 Jan 2013
By Diva - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book well worth reading .Full of very useful information .Susannah certainly knows her subject,keep up the great work.Thank you
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Platinum to complement a diamond 30 Dec 2012
By Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
At the conclusion of her assessment of Pride & Prejudice, Susannah Fullerton likens the novel to the ultimate precious stone. Her book provides the ideal reading companion for JA's most famous creation. From the Austen novice to the dedicated Janeite, there is something here to resonate with all. Far from losing sight of the unique sparkling tone of her subject, the author demonstrates perfect pitch in her discussion of the famous opening sentence, full range of characters, film and theatre versions and the industry that has grown from them. And there is much more besides, showing the author's deep knowledge of and affection for P&P. Here is a celebration that deserves complete appreciation.
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