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Friday, January 25, 2013

Alan Summers reading at The Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Readathon at the Jane Austen Centre, City of Bath, England

Illustration by Hugh Thomson representing Mr Collins protesting that he never reads novels.

I am very excited to be reading an extract from Pride and Prejudice and urge many of you to enjoy the book yourselves. I've given links to Oxford World’s Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice, and the Jane Austen giftshop.


If you have never seen me read or give a talk before, you may enjoy this recording of a reading on another subject called Amazement of the ordinary, which was a TEDx talk I gave about haiku poetry:
http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Amazement-of-the-ordinary-life

The Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Readathon at the Jane Austen Centre this coming Monday (28th January) is from 11am to 11pm. when we celebrate 200 years of this most famous of all books.

“It has one of the most famous opening lines in literature, it turned Colin Firth into a heartthrob and it spawned a zombie spin-off. Now Pride and Prejudice has reached the venerable age of 200.”
Tim Masters Entertainment and arts correspondent, BBC News
Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen fans celebrate novel's 200th anniversary


Oxford World’s Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice:

Jane Austen giftshop:

Weblinks:



An illustration from Pride and Prejudice by
Hugh Thomson (1 June 1860 - 7 May 1920)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Thomson
 
This is a live event,  and The Readathon will be linking up with different Jane Austen Societies throughout America and elsewhere throughout the day.

All of us at the centre will be offered the opportunity to dress in Regency costume to get us in the mood.

There will be several spots where Austen experts discuss various aspects of the book.

Many events will also occur at the Jane Austen Centre (40 Gay Street, Bath, BA1 2NT) and is currently closed to the public – it reopens on the 30th January.


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