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Pride and Prejudice 200th anniversary: Queen's University expert

2013-01-30

Queen’s University English professor Robert Morrison is available to talk about the 200th anniversary of one the most popular novels in English literature, Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice.

The exact day of publication is not known, but Austen had her own copy of the novel on Jan. 27, 1813, and the Morning Chronicle announced Pride and Prejudice as ‘Published this Day’ on Jan. 28, 1813.

“Why has this novel made such an enormous impact on our culture? The novel is the most enduring love story of the past two centuries – on par with Romeo and Juliet,” says Dr Morrison. “The world Jane Austen lived in is different than today yet her books remain vital. For many people, her novels shape everything from what we think the past might have been like, to what we mean when we say we have ‘fallen in love.’ Thanks especially to movie versions of her books, to ‘fall in love’ today still means in many ways to fall in love like Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.”

Dr. Morrison is an Austen scholar, and has written and edited several books on the 19th century English author, including Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: A Sourcebook.

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