Jane Austen Over and Over and Over

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

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In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.

On Film:
The 1995 BBC/A&E production of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth, is a must see for Austen fans and hopeless romantics. This adaptation is five hours long, but every minute is great. (Also available on VHS.) For black & white film buffs, check out the 1940 film version with Laurence Olivier and Maureen O'Sullivan. The screenplay for this film was written by Brave New World author Aldous Huxley. Finally, Bridget Jones's Diary puts a modern spin on Austen's classic.

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Bridget Jones's Diary

By Helen Fielding

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Hilarious chronicle of the life of a 30-something woman who wants to lose weight, stop smoking, develop inner poise, and form a functional relationship with a responsible adult.

Renee Zellweger shines in the 2001 film adaptation, also starring Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

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A Portrait of Jane Austen

By Lord David Cecil

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"Not much about Jane Austen's personality can be gleaned from her works. It is from her letters, from the evidence of the friends and relations, and above all from a knowledge of the kind of life led and ideas held by the society she was born into, that we are to know her."
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Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen

By Fay Weldon

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A collection of correspondence between an eighteen-year-old student with green spiky hair and her aunt Fay, in which they discuss the merits of reading Jane Austen.
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The Jane Austen Book Club

By Karen Joy Fowler

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Six Californians meet regularly to discuss the works of English novelist Jane Austen. The characters' lives and relationships follow the plots of Austen's novels--with an interesting twist!

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Emma

By Jane Austen

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"EMMA WOODHOUSE, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

What follows in Austen's classic distresses and vexes Emma very much indeed--and in such a funny way--making her one of the author's most memorable and beloved characters.

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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

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"In the novel, Anne Elliot, the heroine Austen called 'almost too good for me,' has let herself be persuaded not to marry Frederick Wentworth, a fine and attractive man without means. Eight years later, Captain Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic Wars with a triumphant naval career behind him, a substantial fortune to his name, and an eagerness to wed. Austen explores the complexities of human relationships as they change over time."

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The Plight of the Darcy Brothers: a Tale of Siblings and Surprises

By Marsha Altman

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The Darcys and the Bingleys are plunged into married life and its many accompanying challenges.

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Jane Bites Back

By Michael Thomas Ford

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Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves--but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York.
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Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

By Amanda Grange

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A delightfully thrilling, paranormal Pride and Prejudice sequel, full of danger, darkness and deep romantic love.

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