Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mr. Darcy at 200

Pride and Prejudice

Mr Darcy is 200. January 28th marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which sold 1,500 copies in England in 1813. To date, millions of copies have been sold. Several movie adaptations have been made of this historic novel. My favorite is the 1995 BBC production with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

You could probably go anywhere in the world and mention 'Mr. Darcy' and heads would turn. I may even have a slip of the tongue and say it myself if I ever say Colin Firth in person--the quintessential Mr. Darcy (in my humble opinion!). Although my dear friend would say it's Matthew Macfadyen. You be the judge.

I am sure Jane walked down this very lovely lane in Chawton.
This Christmas I was the happy recipient of a collector's set of all of Jane Austen's novels. They were from my husband--not a Jane Austen fan--but he did his homework. God bless him.

If you would like more information about the houses used in the movie adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, check out these incredible images at http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/01/pride-and-prejudice-movie-locations-uk-travel-photos-012813?MBID=twitter_#slide=1

The house at Chawton is where Jane spent the last eight years of her life before illness took her to Winchester, where she died. This is where she did most of her mature writing. I was so thrilled to visit it during my last trip to England.

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/

Chawton House Library once belonged to Jane's brother, Edward, and is a short walk from Jane Austen's home. It must have been a lovely place to have tea while pondering the words of her timeless novels.
http://www.chawtonhouse.org/

Have you had a brush with Jane Austen's world like I did at Chawton? Which film version of "Pride and Prejudice" is your favorite? And better yet, which Mr. Darcy?

2 comments:

  1. That was such a great gift from your husband! I know you've enjoyed them. My favorite Pride and Prejudice film would be the newer one. Matthew Macfayden is my favorite Mr. Darcy. I just love that movie!

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    1. Yesss! I have someone on my side of the Mr. Darcy battle. haha. Vote 2 for Matthew Macfadyen! :)

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