200 years of Pride and Prejudice

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article titled “Austen Power,” reminding me that this is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice. Author Alexandra Alter noted that over a dozen books relevant to this conversation will be released in the next few months. While my enthusiasm for Austen doesn’t reach the level of the devoted Janites and I’m unlikely to pick up any of the new offerings, I am inspired to return to the originals one more time. After all, there is no opening sentence so enticing as,  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

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