Giveaway Winner Announced for Celebrating Pride and Prejudice

Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Susannah Fullerton (2013)73 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of copy of Celebrating Pride and Prejudice by Susannah Fullerton. The winner drawn at random is:

  • Sharee Burton who left a comment on February 17, 2013

Congratulations Sharee! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by February 27, 2013. I have several giveaways running, so PLEASE STATE WHICH ITEM YOU WON in your contact email. Shipment is to US addresses only.

Thanks to all who are participating in The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge and to Voyageur Press for the giveaway.

© 2013 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Jane Austen Stamps On Sale Today in the UK and Online

Jane Austen Stamps (2013)

The Royal Mail has released six new Jane Austen stamps today in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Designed by artist Angela Barrett, they include illustrations of scenes from the six major novels: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice as first-class stamps and Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in other values, and can be purchased through the Royal Mail Shop online. My favorite is the illustration from Northanger Abbey which includes the ponderous chest so mysterious to heroine Catherine Morland.

There are several collectors sets to select from including a special Presentation Pack with additional text by author P.D. James and a First Day Cover pack where the special stamps are affixed to a cover featuring a Jane Austen signature and cancelled with a Steventon, Basingstoke postmark, chosen because it was the home of Jane Austen for many years.

Jane Austen Presentation Pack (2013)

The Royal Mail also announced that letters posted in Chawton in Hampshire, where Austen spent her last years, and Steventon, near Basingstoke, where she was born, will have a special postmark for a week, featuring the Pride and Prejudice quote “Do anything rather than marry without affection”. Continue reading

Giveaway Winners Announced for the Naxos Pride and Prejudice Alert Tone

Pride and Prejudice (Naxos AudioBooks), by Jane Austen, read by Emilia Fox (2005)23 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of six alert tones available from Pride and Prejudice by Naxos AudioBooks. The winners drawn at random are:

  • Danielle Sales who left a comment on February 08, 2013
  • Christina B. who left a comment on February 07, 2013
  • crindalyn who left a comment on February 07, 2013
  • Virginia Claire who left a message on February 13, 2013
  • kfield2 who left a comment on February 07, 2013
  • Felicia who left a comment on February 07, 2013

Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by February 20, 2013. I have several giveaways running, so please state which item you won. Shipment is by digital download.

Thanks to Naxos AudioBooks for the great idea of an alert tone for our cell phones and iPad’s and for the generous giveaway copies. I hope they will take our advice for other new alert tones from P&P!

© 2013 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, by Susannah Fullerton – A Review & Giveaway

The Pride Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge (2013)This is my second selection for The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013, our year-long event honoring Jane Austen’s second published novel. Please follow the link above to read all the details of this reading and viewing challenge. Sign up’s are open until July 1, 2013.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Besides being trotted out for the opening of every news article containing anything vaguely related to Pride and Prejudice, its author, its characters, its plot or any other self-serving cause, I have seen this famous first line from the novel on T shirts, mugs, book bags and stationary. It is indeed a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is a phenomenon!

Exalted by scholars and embraced by the masses, Pride and Prejudice is indeed a literary treasure for the everyman. In this year of its 200th birthday, the outpouring of celebration in the press, online and in print confirms our longstanding love affair and addiction. We just can’t get enough of it.

Just in time for the year-long festivities is Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, an in-depth exploration of Jane Austen’s classic novel by Susannah Fullerton. At 240 pages, it is packed full of text and many full-color illustrations—something for everyone from the novice reader to veteran Janeite. The volume covers a range of topics as the chapters are broken down by categories such as the writing of, the reactions to, the style of, the heroine, the hero, illustrations, sequels and adaptations, theatrical versions, and, of course a whole chapter devoted to the famous opening line quoted above.

My “first impressions” of this tribute to one of my favorite novels was the stunning cover resplendent with the plume of a peacock (the iconic symbol or pride) and appropriately in peacock blue! They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I do. If a publisher does not care enough about that “first impression” then why should I buy their book? Flipping through the pages the overall design is polished and each of the illustration is credited. Huzzah! And boy do the illustrations pop. Each page has something iconic or new, even to this die-hard Austen book collector who owns numerous illustrated editions of Pride and Prejudice dating back to the 1890’s!

Fullerton discusses every aspect of this novel imaginable, but one subject is of particular interest to me: Sequels and Adaptations. Are you surprised dear reader? Yes, I have read a few Austen-inspired novels in my day and can appreciate Fullerton’s keen eye for the sublime and the ridiculous and the “uses and abuses” by many. She does however look at the phenomena of the Austen spinoff with her tongue firmly set in her cheek; occasionally taking a painful stab.

There is only one Pride and Prejudice and for many readers, that is simply not enough. They want more! And if Jane Austen could imagine lives for her characters after the ending of her novel – a clergyman husband for Kitty and one of Uncle Philip’s clerks for Mary – why should not other authors do the same?” p. 155

Many could argue the point, and do, but Fullerton is celebrating Pride and Prejudice and its impact on readers and culture, warts and all. She goes on to enlighten us on the differences between mixed sequels such as Old Friends and New Fancies, by Sybil Briton (misspelled Brunton), continuations like A Match for Mary Bennet, by Eucharista Ward, “Jane Austen would surely have been the first to scoff at such Evangelical claptrap,” (ouch) and retellings and their variation the “what if” like Fitzwilliam Darcy An Honourable Man, by Brenda Webb. However, we were not amused when her historical outline turned into finger pointing and our eyebrows often reached our hairline over such statements as…

Abigail Reynolds has written “A Pemberley Medley of five variations of Darcy’s story, and Mary Simonsen has had at least three goes at making Darcy do what she wants him to do. Perhaps readers should pause over Mr. Darcy Takes the Plunge to ask what depths this hero must be further expected to plumb?” p. 160

The chapter continues with explorations of Austen-inspired mysteries, paranormal, children’s adaptation, chick lit and regencies, and pornographic novels. Fullerton states that no other novel has inspired so many prequels, sequels etc. than Pride and Prejudice. She bluntly asks if these other books are vital to the enjoyment of the original or “simply derivative rubbish we can all live without?” and then softens her blow in the last line of the chapter, “For with Pride and Prejudice it has turned out that “The End” was really just the beginning.” p. 173

Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Susannah Fullerton (2013)Fullerton has supplied her view of a great novel and given us a volume to treasure and debate. I greatly enjoyed the details and images, and most of the observations in this tribute, yet I have come away feeling my heart divided between admiration and resentment for the author. Could it be that our “personal” Pride and Prejudice and its characters are so deeply entrenched in the hearts of many, and interpreted so differently by most, that others will be at odds with her choices too? Am I pulling a Lizzy Bennet and “not making allowance enough for difference of situation and temper”? Quite possibly, but I will not let it ruin my happiness. Celebrating Pride and Prejudice is a must read this year, if only to rejoice in our differences of opinion and laugh in our turn.

4 out of 5 regency Stars

Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, by Susannah Fullerton
Voyageur Press (2013)
Hardcover (240) pages
ISBN: 978-0760344361

A GRAND GIVEAWAY

Enter a chance to win one hardcover copy of Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Susannah Fullerton by leaving a comment or your favorite Pride and Prejudice quote by 11:59 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The winner will be announced on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  Shipment to US addresses only please. Good luck!

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for Pride and Prejudice 200 Anniversary Celebration

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (1995)

105 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of eight books available of our Pride and Prejudice 200 Celebration. The winners drawn at random are:

  • Pride and Prejudice (Naxos Audiobooks Young Adult’s Classic), by Jane Austen, read by Jenny Agutter

eenayray who left a comment on Feb 6, 2013

  • Dancing with Mr. Darcy, edited by Sarah Waters

araminta18 who left a comment on Jan 28, 2013

  • Mr. Darcy’s Dream, by Elizabeth Aston

Lynn M. who left a comment on Feb 4, 2013

  • Jane Austen in Love, by Elsa Solender

Meredith who left a comment on Jan 28, 2013

  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

Jordan F. who left a comment on Jan 28, 2013

  • Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

Missy S. who left a comment on Jan 29, 2013

  • Falling For Mr. Darcy, by KaraLynne Mackrory

Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) who left a comment on Jan 28, 2013

  • Austensibly Ordinary, by Alyssa Goodnight

Cassie Grafton who left a comment on Feb 2, 2013

Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by February 13, 2013.  Shipment is to US addresses only please.

© 2013 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose