Adrian Lukis, who played George Wickham in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is to make a guest appearance at thisyear’s Jane Austen Festival in Bath, the organisers have said.
His appearance comes on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice in 2013.
In 1812 Jane Austen sold the copyright of her novel to the publisher Thomas Egerton. In November that year she wrote: “P & P is sold. – Egerton gives £110 for it. – I would rather have had £150, but we could not both be pleased, & I am not at all surprised that he should not chuse to hazard so much…”
The 12th annual Jane Austen Festival runs from September 14 to 22 and includes more than 60 events. Among the highlights is the Grand Regency Promenade on Saturday, September 15, which this year will parade along Milsom Street.
Full details of festival events can be found at www.janeausten.co.uk/festivalhome.
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A publisher of adult fiction is giving literary classics such as Pride & Prejudice and Northanger Abbey an erotic makeover. The company said it is “100 per cent convinced” that there is a market for the racy versions and that the spicing up of the books would introduce the classics to “a new generation of readers”.
According to Clandestine Classics, when Darcy first arrives in Hertfordshire, Elizabeth Bennet is instantly captivated. Electrifying sexual tension soon leads to an unexpected kiss and Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down.
In the new-look Northanger Abbey, Henry introduces Catherine Morland to a whole new world of eroticism, a world where sex knows no boundaries and even her deepest, most secret fantasies, can be played out behind closed doors.
Claire Siemaszkiewicz, founder of Total-E-Bound Publishing, which is releasing the titles from July 30 in digital format, said: “We’re not rewriting the classics. We’re keeping the original prose and the author’s voice. We’re not changing any of that. But we want to enhance the novels by adding the ’missing’ scenes for readers to enjoy.
“People are going to either love it or hate it. But we’re 100% convinced that there’s a market there. We’ll be bringing the classics to a new generation of readers as well as to people who love the classics but would like to see what we have done with them.”
A new Facebook game for Jane Austen fans has been launched by the BBC and Legacy Games.
The basis for the game is that Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy have fled the pages of Pride and Prejudice and their creator needs help tracking them down.
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A ring once owned by Jane Austen sold for £152,450 – that’s more than $237,000 – at Sotheby’s auction house yesterday. That sum is more than five times the auctioneer’s estimate
News of the impending sale was first broken on Jane Austen’s Regency World website. The existence of the ring was previously unknown to Austen scholars.
According to reports there was a tense battle between eight bidders and the ring was eventually sold to a private buyer bidding by phone.
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