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Jane Austen's _Pride and Prejudice_ continues to be popular nearly two hundred years after it was first published. Read the full description.

200pxjaneausten1870_small Jane Austen's _Pride and Prejudice_ continues to be popular nearly two hundred years after it was first published. What makes the novel relevant to twenty-first-century audiences? Marcia McClintock Folsom talks about the great appeal of the novel's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet; Rachel Brownstein shares her insights about film and television versions of Austen's novel; and Susan Staves explores the marriage market at the heart of the novel. Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available. If you are interested in this, see our pieces at: http://prx.org/pieces/16877 What's the Word? Elizabeth I and Victoria http://prx.org/pieces/16840 What's the Word? Women Warriors http://prx.org/pieces/16838 What's the Word? Medieval Women http://prx.org/pieces/17295 What's the Word? Women Public Intellectuals Photo: Courtesy of JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America)

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Jane Austen's _Pride and Prejudice_ continues to be popular nearly two hundred years after it was first published. What makes the novel relevant to twenty-first-century audiences? Marcia McClintock Folsom talks about the great appeal of the novel's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet; Rachel Brownstein shares her insights about film and television versions of Austen's novel; and Susan Staves explores the marriage market at the heart of the novel. Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available. If you are interested in this, see our pieces at: http://prx.org/pieces/16877 What's the Word? Elizabeth I and Victoria http://prx.org/pieces/16840 What's the Word? Women Warriors http://prx.org/pieces/16838 What's the Word? Medieval Women http://prx.org/pieces/17295 What's the Word? Women Public Intellectuals Photo: Courtesy of JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America)

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Review of What's the Word? Pride and Prejudice

A quick look at a few aspects of a classic novel, tightly produced, with no ponderous gaps on the part of the speakers and appropriate music tastefully interwoven. I had just finished reading the novel and tried to imagine while listening to this program how interesting it would be if I wasn't familiar with the story. I'm not convinced that those unfamiliar with "Pride and Prejudice" would stay with this too long. They don't need to have read the novel, though, as movie and TV versions are given some consideration.

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Review of What's the Word? Pride and Prejudice

This is an appreciation of Jane Austin?s novel ?Pride and Prejudice? and the reasons this romantic comedy remains popular nearly 200 years after it was written. With help from three Austin experts, the host explores the economics of 19th century marriage, the various modern adaptations of Austin?s story, and what the novel reveals about the status of women in Regency England. Although much of the information conveyed in the piece is interesting, a less formal approach would have made for more engaging radio. The host?s narration is quite formal as are the comments by the experts, all of whom are professors; at times it feels as if I'm attending a lecture. One of the most effective elements is the generous use of period music which does succeed in transporting me back in time and conjuring images of aristocrats exchanging glances and banter, as they waltz to a string quartet.

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