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Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition
Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition
Jane Austen
Belknap Press, 2010
464 pp., $37.00

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Constancy and the Ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
Constancy and the Ethics of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
Joyce Kerr Tarpley
The Catholic University of America Press, 2010
288 pp., $75.00

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Jennifer L. Holberg


The Delight of Meeting Miss Austen Again

Time does not wither ...

For an author who has been dead since 1817, Jane Austen remains remarkably hot. Though George Eliot observed that "[Austen] will doubtless be read as long as English novels find readers," Eliot (and no doubt Austen herself) could scarcely have imagined the attention that continues to surround Austen's work. Movies, miniseries, and mashups keep on proliferating: the latest film adaptation, a Latina retelling of Sense and Sensibility set in East L.A., entitled From Prada to Nada, was released in winter 2011, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is currently in production. Austen's birthday was marked this year by the ultimate pop culture tribute, a "Google doodle"—a Regency couple walking in the English countryside in the shadow of the Google search bar. Austen features as an action figure and as a finger puppet, perhaps so that one can play Austen trivia or the Pride and Prejudice board game. Or choose-your-own Austenian adventure in the interactive Lost in Austen book, all while listening to recordings of music marketed as contemporary to her time period. Austen herself becomes a detective in Stephanie Barron's mystery series, and in the just-published Death Comes to Pemberley, the great P. D. James essays a sequel to Pride and Prejudice in which Elizabeth Bennet becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. In addition to all the prequeling, sequeling, and imaginative manipulation of Austen and her characters, Austen has been repurposed as a "lifestyle brand," able to assist her fans with cooking and tea (with at least four cookbooks), sewing and fashion (Jane Austen's Sewing Box: Craft Projects and Stories from Jane Austen's Novels), gardening (In the Garden with Jane Austen), and, of course, manners (Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders). To complete it all, readers can furnish their lives with all manner of Austen-related tchotchkes: jewelry, candles, cross-stitch patterns, tea towels, key chains, tote bags, fragrance defusers, ...

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