Happy 200th Birthday!

200 years ago to this day, a book was published by the name of Mansfield Park. It isn’t Jane Austen’s most popular novel, but I feel any book celebrating 200 years should get it’s own little birthday party.

Mansfield Park Birthday

About The Author:

  • Jane Austen was the seventh of eight children. She was one of two girls, and had six brothers.
  • Jane Austen never married, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a romantic. Besides her books being renowned for their romances, she was said to be quite the flirt, and had many suitors. She also received a proposal from a wealthy man named Harris Bigg-Wither. She immediately accepted, but after a long night of second thoughts canceled their engagement in the morning.
  • Two of Jane Austens’ novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) were published after her death by her brother Henry. This was the first time the public knew who penned such novels as Pride & Prejudice, as they had previously been published anonymously under names such as “By a Lady.”

Retellings:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (Persuasion)
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman (Pride & Prejudice)
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik (Mansfield Park)
The Espressologist by Kirstina Springer (Emma)
The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik (Persuasion)
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Pride & Prejudice)
Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler (Sense & Sensibility)
Epic Failby Claire LaZebnik (Pride & Prejudice)

 *List of retellings taken from Epicreads.com. As of this post I’ve only read Enthusiasm, so I can’t personally recommend any of these books.*

You can find many more Jane Austen retellings on austenprose.com, a book blog dedicated to such. (Link opens to books on the blog tagged as young adult novel)

Why We Read:

How? How have books like Mansfield Park survived the lengths of time and still hold a place in our hearts? Because we like to read. And Jane Austen’s books are worth reading. They take us to another time and place and immerse us in the main character’s life and problems. I think that the video below can better explain some of the reasons why we read, and also the benefits of doing so.

So on this day, May 9th, 2014, I say Happy Birthday Mansfield Park!

*Shoutout to Pride & Prejudice, which turned 200 last year!*

 

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