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If you love Pride and Prejudice and you live in Nova Scotia, please consider joining JASNA Nova Scotia for our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. We’re meeting on Sunday, January 27th, at 2pm, and if you email me or leave a comment below, I can send you directions.

I’ll talk about “Jane Austen’s ‘Darling Child’: 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice,” and we’ll discuss the novel and its current reputation. There might even be syllabub.

Pride and Prejudice was published on January 28, 1813, and while she kept her authorship a secret from almost everyone, Jane Austen was keenly interested in how the book was received. She wrote to Cassandra on February 4th that “you must be prepared for the Neighbourhood being perhaps already informed of there being such a Work in the World, & in the Chawton World!” She could have no way of knowing just how popular the Work would be in the World for the next couple of centuries.