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Pride & Prejudice at 200

The media is awash with stories how today – Monday, January 28, 2013 – is the 200th anniversary of the first publication of  Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Chawton Cottage appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning.

The P&P readathon is being streamed from the Jane Austen Centre here in Bath.

And the Pride & Prejudice special edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is still available – as is Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Maggie Lane and Hazel Jones, marking 200 years of Jane Austen’s “darling child”

Austen postage stamps

Emma depicted on the Royal Mail's new stamps

The Royal Mail is set to celebrate Jane Austen on a set of stamps in 2013.

The bicentenary of the first publication of Pride & Prejudice, Austen’s most famous novel, will be celebrated as part of a six-stamp set on sale from February 21. The set will also feature scenes from Austen’s other works.

There are also stamp issues in 2013 featuring the TV series Dr Who and London Underground.

Andrew Hammond, managing director of Royal Mail Stamps, said: “We had a fantastic programme last year across a variety of different topics and capped it off with our hugely popular [Olympic] gold medal stamps.

“That’s a unique act to follow but the 2013 programme explores some of Britain’s greatest achievements from the world of literature, industry, sport and modern society in a schedule that certainly contains something for everyone.”

P&P special issue

JARW 61 coverThe January/February issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s “darling child” has now been published and will be mailed over the holiday period.

It includes a special guest introduction by Deirdre Le Faye, a review of the history of the work, and a look at the many actors who have played Mr Darcy.

Regency World: new issue

JARW 60 coverThe November/December edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is published today – watch out for it in your mailbox over the next few weeks.

In the new issue you can read about:

  • Some great Christmas gift ideas for the Jane Austen fan in your life
  • You shall go to the dance – public and private balls in Jane Austen’s time
  • How keeping a bawdyhouse could be a tough business
  • Baiting, coursing and fishing: blood sports were big business in the Georgian era
  • Looking at Jane’s use of fashion accessories in Emma
  • The life of Sir Thomas Bernard, a prominent philanthropist
  • Jane in the Garden of England

Plus reports from the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and the JASNA AGM in Brooklyn; news, letters, book reviews and much, much more!

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Janeites in Bath

Jane Austen Festival

The Jane Austen Festival in Bath starts this weekend and runs until September 22.

The highlights of the event will undoubtedly be the Grand Regency Promenade, which starts in Queen Square and will be stopping the traffic in Milsom  Street, and the Festival Fayre in the Guildhall, where you can browse various stalls, including Jane Austen’s Regency World‘s own table.

On Sunday there is an Evening with Mr Wickham, in which Adrian Lukis, who played the role in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, will be in conversation with the actress Caroline Langrishe.

Throughout the week there are workshops, talks and discussions, not forgetting the Jane Austen Festival Regency Costumed Masked Ball on Friday, September 21.

Click here for full details of all the festival events.

New book to mark P&P bicentenary

2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s best-loved novel. To mark this special occasion Hazel Jones and Maggie Lane have written this beautifully illustrated 64-page book looking at the history of the work that Jane Austen called her “darling child”.

To celebrate the bicentenary of the book’s first publication in 1813, Hazel and Maggie investigate the reasons for its popularity and describe the extraordinary history, reception and afterlife of the phenomenon that is Pride and Prejudice

Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Darling Child will be published by Lansdown Media in the autumn price £6.99 (about $12).

Copies will be available at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath (country fayre, September 15) and the Jane Austen Society of North America AGM in Brooklyn, New York (October 4-6).

Or you can visit our specially dedicated web page to pre-order your copy.

Wickham to visit Bath festival

Adrian Lukis as George WickhamAdrian 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.

The September/October edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World includes interviews with regular visitors to the festival. To subscribe and keep up to date with everything that is happening in the world of Jane Austen, click here.

 

Jane Austen Festival, Bath – preview

Jane Austen Festival Regency Promenade 2010

First it was immortalised in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, now Milsom Street, the famous shopping street in the centre of Bath, is to be closed to traffic as two centuries later Janeites from around the world parade along its length. 

Joining them on a new route in this year’s Regency Costume Parade, which will start from Queen Square (near the Jane Austen Centre) and finish at Parade Gardens, will be the 32nd Cornwall Regiment, the Worcester Yeomanry Cavalry and others in military uniform who will be leading the procession through the city.

 This promises to be the busiest Jane Austen Festival yet, with almost 70 events spread across the nine days. It includes daytime as well as evening concerts and performances, plus a wide variety of other things to do…

You can read the rest of this exclusive preview of the Jane Austen Festival, which runs from September 14 to 22, in the July/August issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine.

If you are not already a subscriber, click here to have the magazine delivered to your mailbox from Jane Austen’s Bath every two months.

Festival time in Jane Austen’s Bath

Alison Balsom at Bath FestivalThe sun is shining, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are about to begin, and the Bath International Music Festival is upon us once more.

It’s ten days of all types of music, ranging from classical to world to jazz. But this being an Austen website, we thought we’d tell you about some of the 19th-century music on offer in Jane Austen’s city, of which the highlight is probably a performance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto this Saturday performed by the brilliant virtuoso Alison Balsom (pictured) with the European Union Chamber Orchestra (it may get a bad press the EU, but it still has a decent chamber orchestra  :-D).

The rest of the programme would most likely astonish listeners from the Regency era, if they could even imagine it: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings (with the pianist Nikolai Demidenko), and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Also of Georgian interest are a pair of performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on June 8 and 10.

Click here for full details of the Bath International Music Festival. Meanwhile, there are reportedly occasionally copies available of a book telling the tale of the Festival’s history, written by a young journalist many years ago!

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