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I am not the biggest Jane Austen fan, not even close. Jane Austen was a pompous writer of fiction ("novels"), which became popular in her time, because it bridged the gap from reading sermons and epic poetry, and those who read her work felt deliciously scandalous. Today, for me, there are no other reasons to read Austen's work, except to figure out how a fan with access to writers and film producers managed to make a fantastic film like "Clueless" from an utterly (again, just my opinion) boring and cringingly holier-than-thou book like Emma. And, yes, why would I start a review on such a down note? Because I want to make the contrast even more clear!
This is the one edition of the one Jane Austen title that I would highly recommend. It has great footnotes and as I read it, I was not only learning, I was really enjoying the story. I finally understood the Bennets. I finally understood why Jane Austen fans love this book and swoon over Darcy. I even understood how this book inspired the very well-done Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mash-up by Seth Graham-Smith (which used many of Austen's words but added a lot of gratuitous violence and a few errors) and less notable, but good fiction for the 21st century Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Some people say that this is Jane Austen's greatest effort. I have to agree.
So, if you have never read or could never get through a book by Jane Austen, I say, try this edition. That's my highest recommendation.
This deluxe edition brings to life the letters exchanged among Jane Austen's characters in Pride and Prejudice.
Glassine pockets placed throughout the book contain removable replicas of 19 letters from the story.
These powerful epistles include Lydia's announcement of her elopement, Mr. Collins's obsequious missives, and of course Darcy's painfully honest letter to Elizabeth.
• Nothing captures Jane Austen's vivid emotion and keen wit better than her characters' correspondence. • Each letter is re-created with gorgeous calligraphy. • Letters are hand-folded with painstaking attention to historical detail.
Perusing the letters will transport readers straight to the drawing room at Netherfield or the breakfast table at Longbourn.
For anyone who loves Austen, and for anyone who still cherishes the joy of letter writing, this book illuminates a favorite story in a whole new way.
• Step inside the world of Pride and Prejudice, one of the most beloved novels of all time. • Great Mother's Day, birthday, or holiday gift for diehard Jane Austen fans • A visually gorgeous book that will be at home on the shelf or on the coffee table • Add it to the shelf with books like What Would Jane Do?: Quips and Wisdom from Jane Austen by Potter Gift, Jane-a-Day: 5 Year Journal with 365 Witticisms by Jane Austen Edition by Potter Gift, and The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne.
About the Author
Barbara Heller is a set director for film and television, and writer and director of award-winning short films. She lives in New York City.
“The letters in Heller’s edition of Pride and Prejudice are painstakingly detailed, from the style of folding (letters didn’t have envelopes, so they served as their own containers) to the postal markings and wax imprints indicating price, mileage, date, etc.… These letters, with the various character traits that their appearances indicate, can bring 21st-century readers closer to Austen’s world.” —Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian
“This exquisite book presents the novel’s full text along with 19 letters ‘handwritten’ by Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, Caroline Bingley and others. Their notes, complete with appropriate postmarks, are dropped into pouches placed at just the right moments in the story. More than a gimmick, it’s a dramatic way to experience the central role that correspondence plays in the novel.” —The Washington Post Book Club
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We are always delighted when someone sees a movie in the book, because now, millions of more people know about the book! It might have been a great film or it might have been a total dud.
But, read the book yourself to see just how good or different the original is!