Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Austen’s Powers: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ turns 200 today – and the girl’s still got it – The Independent

In Features, Literature Reviews, Newspaper Contributions on February 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

By Gabriella Swerling Arts Monday, 28 January 2013 at 4:00 am

Our favourite literary characters may have worn bonnets and top hats, but they’re not so different from us.

Today and for the rest of 2013 bookish bonnet-lovers all over the world are celebrating the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which was first published on 28 January 1813 by Thomas Egerton of London.

The 2003 BBC poll The Big Read placed the novel second after Tolkein’s The Lord of The Rings in a top 100 list of Britain’s favourite books. It has never been out of print and has spawned numerous screenplay and literary adaptations.

To mark the anniversary, Jane Austen’s House Museum is creating a database of the worldwide celebratory events and has a travelling exhibition that considers the popularity of the novel throughout its two-hundred years. The BBC is also recreating Netherfield Ball – the turning point in the romance between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy.


The curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum, Louise West, says that: “the universal themes of Pride and Prejudice such as dilemmas for women about their role in society and their future happiness are still as relevant today as they ever were”.

“While we understand the attribution of the chick lit label, this book is so much more than this and always was. Today more people are able to engage with the story through print and other media and so it is relevant to each new generation that encounters it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Top five places for a bookish fix – The Telegraph

In Literature Reviews, Newspaper Contributions on December 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Too busy to read a novel from cover to cover? Try these places instead.

Literature on the move

Literature on the move

Poems on the Underground

Even rush-hour can be a time for literary enlightenment. Poems on the Underground, the programme that aims to bring poetry to a wider audience by displays on advertising boards on the London Tube, recently released its latest anthology. To celebrate, they unveiled three thousand posters of six new poems, which will remain on the Tube for the next few weeks.

The new anthology arranges its poems according to central themes used since the programme was launched in 1986: love, seasons, war, exile and loss, music and the natural world.

Its founder Judith Chernaik says: “since the poems tend to come as a surprise, people on the Tube don’t get bored with them. Even if they are few and far between, a huge number of people get to see them”.

Espresso stories

For fans of Twitter, Espresso Stories offers its readers and writers a shot of very short stories: each one must consist of 25 words or fewer.

In Brief Oddities (Espresso Stories’ most popular choice of categories), an example of such a literary hit is The Worst Imaginable Pain In the World by Mick Theebs: “The natural predator of the pinky toe is the leg of a coffee table.”

Read the rest of this entry »

%d bloggers like this: