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Friday, February 09, 2007

Jane Austen Returns

As Valentine’s Day nears, it seems appropriate that the works of Jane Austen are enjoying yet another revival. According to the London Telegraph, at least six films or TV shows based on the author’s works are to be released in the next year, including “Becoming Jane,” starring Ann Hathaway of “Princess Diaries” and “The Devil Wears Prada” fame. The film arrives next month and chronicles the young Jane’s romance with the Irish politician Thomas Langlois Lefroy. Some suggest Lefroy was the model for the infamous Mr. Darcy in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Penguin Books even believes there is a market for Austen’s witty 19th-century romances among the younger set. It plans to publish new editions of her six major works with covers that appeal to teens.

So, if it has been awhile since you picked up Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility or Emma, trek over to your nearest library branch to sample again Austen’s witty tales of love affairs gone astray.

And, if you would like to know more about Austen and her world, try these books:

Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades and Horrible Blunders by Josephine Ross

Voices From the World of Jane Austen by Malcolm Day

Flirting With Pride and Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece by Jennifer Crusie

Searching for Jane Austen by Emily Auerbach

Jane Austen: A Penguin Life by Carol Shields

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