Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This Day in History

One of the world's most beloved female authors -- Jane Austen -- is recognized on this date, the anniversary of her birth in 1775. Austen, a British novelist, is best known for her stories about the impact of social class on romantic relationships, such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma, among others.

These timeless novels have often been adapted into miniseries and movies; the award-winning 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, starring Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, is just one of many. Austen's works have also been the inspiration for movies with modern-day characters and plots. Did you know that the teen comedy Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone, is a 20th-century twist on Jane Austen's Emma? Contemporary authors have even built upon the stories of Austen's classic characters in their own novels; one good example is Elizabeth Aston, who's written many books that continue the lives of characters from Pride and Prejudice.

The NCC Libraries have a large Jane Austen collection, so stop by and take a book home today!

Works by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice
PR 4034 .P74 2000 (Audiobook) Media Tower

Jane Austen's "Emma"
PR 4034 .E53 J36 1987 Stacks

The Collected Works of Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
PR 4030 .F80 Stacks

Sense and Sensibility
PR 4034 .S4 1961 Stacks

Books about Jane Austen

Jane Austen on Film and Television: A Critical Study of the Adaptations
by Sue Parrill
PR 4038 .F55 P37 2002 Stacks

Jane Austen (from the "Bloom's Major Novelists" series)
by Harold Bloom
PR 4037 .J28 2000 Stacks

Jane Austen: A Life
by David Nokes
PR 4036 .N65 1998 Stacks

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (from the "Bloom's Notes" series)
by Harold Bloom
PR 4034 .P73 J36 1995 Stacks

Books inspired by Jane Austen

The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
PS 3556 .O844 J36 2004 Stacks
This book was made into a feature film starring Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello and Jimmy Smits.

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