Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceHardback
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- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 165mm x 215mm x 26mm | 676g
- Publication date: 3 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0711233748
- ISBN 13: 9780711233744
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Illustrations note: 70 colour and b/w illustrations
- Sales rank: 73,051
In 2013 Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice turns 200. Again and again in polls conducted around the world, it is regularly chosen as the favourite novel of all time. Read and studied from Cheltenham to China, there are Jane Austen Societies from Boston to Buenos Aires, dedicated to sharing the delights of Jane Austen's masterpiece. Here is the tale of how Pride and Prejudice came to be written, its first reception in a world that didn't take much notice of it and then its growing popularity. As well as discussing the famous characters - sex-symbol Mr Darcy, charming heroine Elizabeth Bennet, and the superb range of comic characters who make readers laugh again and again - Susannah Fullerton looks at the style of the novel - its wicked irony, its brilliant structuring, its revolutionary use of the technique known as 'free indirect speech'. Readers through the years have both loved the book and hated it - the reactions of writers, politicians, artists and explorers can tell us as much about the reader as they do about the book itself. Pride and Prejudice has morphed into many strange and interesting forms - screen adaptations, sequels, prequels and updates. Happily Ever After explores these, and the wilder shores of zombies, porn, dating manuals, T-shirts, tourism and therapy.
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SUSANNAH FULLERTON is President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia and has lectured extensively around the world on Jane Austen's life and novels. She is the author of Jane Austen and Crime, a book described by Claire Tomalin as 'essential reading for every Janeite'. She lives in Sydney, Australia. Her other title for Frances Lincoln is A Dance with Jane Austen.
By Anthea Scarlett 04 Jan 2013
You could not find a better celebration of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' than this book by Susannah Fullerton. I am now buying it for all my friends and recommending it to everyone I speak to.
It is informative, fun and full of insights. The author talks about the translations of the novel, the merchandise it has inspired, all the extraordinary sequels and prequels, the film versions, the covers and illustrations. I read the book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.
If you want to celebrate "Pride and Prejudice' properly this year, then you must read this book.
By Ruth Williamson 30 Dec 2012
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.
"thoroughly researched and full of little gems of knowledge" The Jane Austen Society newsletter "enjoyable and loyally enthusiastic tribute to Pride and Prejudice ... Fullerton casts an appraising eye over the more eccentric and dubious aspects of the novel's perpetuity ... Fullerton's clear-sighted attention to the sheer enjoyment of reading Pride and Prejudice is a reminder of how consistently the novel's most minor details repay attention ... Thee book contains thoughtful plot and character summaries useful for orienting the school student and is full of trivia for Austen enthusiasts" Times Literary Supplement "everything you ever could want to know about Pride & Prejudice is found in a beautiful new, exquisitely illustrated new book." This England 'engaging and comprehensive study' Good Book Guide 'astute and an eye-opener ... Fullerton is well qualified to guide us through the history of this sparkling book.' The Lady 'This illustrated tome is a treasure trove of trivia, tracking the book from its conception through to its modern incarnations' Woman's Weekly