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“Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure,” Elizabeth Bennet tells Fitzwilliam Darcy in one of countless exhilarating scenes in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The remembrance of Austen’s brilliant work has given its readers pleasure for 200 years and is certain to do so for centuries to come. The book is incomparable for its wit, humor, and insight ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Voyageur Press
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 ~Geektastic~
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: most Austen fans, Pride and Prejudice noobs
With a baby and a tight book buying budget, I rarely buy books new. When 3 shiny B&N giftcards were delivered by Santa this year, I was very excited to have the chance to buy Celebrating Pride and Prejudice.

Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations, but I wouldn't say this disappointment is necessarily the fault of the book. This is a very light, mostly surface-only "appreciation" of one of the greatest novels in Western literature, and one of my all-time favorites, so it was never
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Laurel
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Besides being trotted out for the opening of every news article containing anything vaguely related to Pride and Prejudice, its author, its characters, its plot or any other self-serving cause, I have seen this famous first line from the novel on T shirts, mugs, book bags and stationary. It is indeed a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is a phenomenon!

Exalt
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Brigid Keely
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads first reads contest, the first one ever. Yay! It arrived very quickly and I was absolutely blown away by the physical book. It's gorgeous, a hardcover with a stunning peacock-designed cut-out dust jacket. The interior paper is heavy weight, the typography is lovely, and there's a lot of illustrations including color illustrations throughout the book.

The actual contents of the book are well written but a bit shallow. Fullerton seems intimately familiar in an emotion
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The Lit Bitch
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fullerton took on a lot when she started this novel. There is so much out there on P&P and Austen and trying to compartmentalize would be a challenge for anyone. It is difficult to cover so much info without things getting overly scholarly or without veering off tack into other discussions and lengthy volumes.

That said, I felt Fullerton did a bang-up job hitting all the high notes and giving the reader things to consider and leaving the door open for future books detailing one chapter or ano
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Gemma (Non Fic Books)
An enthusiastic celebration of the most well-known of Austen's works. Exploring the characters as well as modern adaptations and interpretations this is a great book for Austen fans
Victoria
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a great bit of non-fiction about P&P to commemorate it's 200th anniversary. It discusses the appeal to the reader, the characters, as well as the surrounding fandom. It was a good overview of the impact that Pride and Prejudice has had on society. I never realized until I read it in this book that there are no scenes in P&P that do not have a woman present!

As for the rest, I especially liked how my major issues with the 2005 film where echoed in this book. Justificatio
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QNPoohBear
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
The author takes an in-depth look at all aspects of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's most famous novel. Chapters discuss the writing of the novel; reactions to the book; the style of Pride and Prejudice; chapters on the characters; the translations, and more modern topics such as the sequels, retellings, etc. and the branding of Jane Austen. There is even a chapter dedicated to the first sentance.

I liked the beginning of the book where the author discusses the actual novel and how it came to
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Urszula
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book I won through the Goodreads giveaway. What a win! Thank you Voyager Press & Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic book.

The saying goes: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but I did just that, when I entered the competition. I love the cover: the colour and the cut out window. When I picked up the book for the first time I could not put it down. It is a real celebration of Pride & Prejudice.

I really liked the structure and the style of this
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SM Ruth
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review at Life Takes Lemons

Much like rereading P&P, spending a few hours with Susannah Fullerton’s Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece is a balm to the dismal fact that there is but one P&P among myriad imitations. It’s a bonus that Fullerton’s enjoyment in writing the commemoration is palpable; what the book tries to accomplish and indeed does is evoke the delight of what Austen called “my own darling child” by exploring what makes the n
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Rebecca
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for fans by a fan - it would be pointless to read if you don't love Pride and Prejudice, but then the book never pretends it should be any other way.

But if this is something you are interested in, this book is perfect. It deals with everything you could think of (and then some), and it is written by someone who knows what she's talking about - dealing with subjects from narrative analysis and character studies, to modern sequels and merchandise. (And well... it helps that she view
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Hannah • So Obsessed With
I first spotted this book on Austenprose, and I was utterly in love with the cover. From the bold turquoise color to the stunning peacock design (reminiscent of Hugh Thompson's peacock edition of Pride and Prejudice), I knew I had to get this book!

Read my full review at So Obsessed With!
Rae
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
An engaging look at all aspects of Pride and Prejudice - publishing history; sketches of all major characters; information about stage, musical, movie versions; comments on many, but certainly not all, of the sequals, prequals, retellings, etc.; merchandising. In short, almost anything you would want to know about the book.
Courtney
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this lively romp into the world of Pride and Prejudice. However, I'm not sure who the intended audience was. I've lost count of the times I've read this book, so the chapters detailing the family members of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were not necessary. However, discussion of the Regency period and the social customs of the time would have been a great asset to frame the book in its place in history (And it's something I know less about!) For the ardent Janeite, this is a fun read, but th ...more
Lea
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
This is an in depth look at P&P. It has a lot of good information and is fun for the die hard fan.
Sam Sattler
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although Jane Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice in 1796, and first offered it for publication the following year, her masterpiece would not finally be published until January 1813. Now, the two hundredth anniversary of this literature-changing event brings much deserved new attention to the novel and its author. And if you are one of the countless hard-core fans of Pride and Prejudice, you will not want to miss Susannah Fullerton’s Celebrating Pride and Prejudice. Fullerton, president of ...more
Milliebot
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This review and others posted over at my blog.

This work examines the language, setting and characters of Pride and Prejudice and how Jane Austen’s creation has come to be so beloved. It discusses the myriad of sequels, prequels and spin-offs written in admiration of her work, as well as the various TV, movie and theatrical adaptations, and even touches on the merchandise that has become available, all long after the respected author’s lifetime.

I’ll say right now, if you really love Pride and P
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Mell
Fullerton’s book is one of the better Austen treatments I have read in the past several years. Her writing is thoughtful and well informed, but lively, and moves you along as she recounts Jane Austen’s life and the circumstances that led to the creation, publication, and world-wide love affair with Pride and Prejudice (P&P). This book traces the entire history of P&P, from literary idea to world-wide phenomenon, but does so in a way that is fun and sincere.


The author also recaps Austen’s
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Katy Noyes
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Without knowing anything about the writer, you can instantly tell that her passion for Jane Austen is deep, long-standing and well-grounded.
This is a book for Janeites (if you like that term) or for lovers of Pride and Prejudice like me, who love to learn new things about the book and see it in different ways. You’ll get that from Fullerton’s work.
I was thoroughly absorbed in her chapters (almost character studies) of Darcy, Elizabeth and each of the minor characters, and picked up valuable info
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Mindy
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have only read Pride and Prejudice once, and that was approximately five years ago, when I also read Jane Austen's other five novels, having been gifted an all-in-one collection. Reading Susannah Fullerton's pleasant homage to the timeless novel upon its 200-year anniversary has me now wanting to read it again, as soon as possible, and again perhaps every five years of my life. Fullerton, president of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, effectively demonstrates the reasons for the novel's pe ...more
Damon Young
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite Fullerton's rightful enthusiasm, there is a hint of regret in Happily Ever After. Fullerton welcomes interest in Austen's novels and life. But with popularity comes faddishness, sentimentality and superficiality: Colin Firth's Darcy on souvenir coffee cups, but not Austen's Darcy, that sterling alloy of author's phrase and reader's imaginative response. Fullerton notes the tasteful simplicity of Austen memorabilia before the 1995 BBC series; the ''infinite'' superiority of Austen to thos ...more
Emily
Jun 01, 2014 marked it as to-read
Perhaps I'm just not accustomed to non-fiction writing with so much of the author present, but some parts of this book rubbed me the wrong way. Too many of the author's personal opinions are stated as fact. While she is well-qualified to judge certain aspects of adaptations, it really does come down to personal preference. For example, a picture of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is cited as "Colin Firth as the ultimate Mr. Darcy." Says who? The author, that's who. I think it's very unprofessional to c ...more
Amy
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a new book about the best book ever, must be read by any self-respecting Janeite.

When one of the book newsletters I get mentioned this book coming in January, I knew I had to read it—and it did not disappoint! It’s all things P&P, including an examination of the opening sentence, character analysis, critiques on adaptations, an overview of tie-in merchandise (BTW—I am SO looking for the Trivial Pursuit-styled game!), and much more. I knew I was a
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Janna Rice
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect book to read for anybody who loves Pride and Prejudice. I can never really get tired of analyzing the novel, or its author, and I can never get enough detail about the time and culture it came from. There is so much information in this book I may have to read it a second time, and for a book that has so much in it it's very well written and readable. My only problem with it is the tone can come off a little snobby; the author is clearly biased about certain things and makes tha ...more
Sofia
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read it in one and a half sittings. I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. It's a delightful history and survey of the Pride and Prejudice cult. The strongest parts are at the beginning, when it focuses on Jane Austen and analyzes the book itself. Once it delves into the erotica, merchandising, and film reviewing, it kinda loses momentum. The author mentions "Lost in Austen," but only briefly. Too bad, since there's excellent analysis of it and the other film versions, so there's definitely more to ...more
Valerie
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer attempting to dissect the wonder of Pride and Prejudice is doomed to failure. The novel is one of the finest examples of a story that is more than the sum of its parts. And while Susannah Fullerton does an admirable job of breaking down the whys and wherefores of this classic, it is ultimately as unsuccessful as any of the multitude of adaptations that have been done in the 200 years since the novel's publishing. Still, any excuse to venture t ...more
Stephanie
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel for review from Goodreads.

Summary: A beautifully bound, beautifully written book exploring the life of Jane Austen and the reaches of her most famous novel, Pride & Prejudice.

I enjoyed this novel immensely. This novel tell the story behind the road to publishing one of the world's most famous classics, and details the way the book has touched the lives of millions. I went in not expecting to learn much, but finished the book with a plethora of knowledge about Jane Auste
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Kate Forsyth
Good gracious me, a lot of books that deal with Jane Austen on the bookshop shelves at the moment! It must be the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice. Susannah Fullerton is President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, and has published a number of books and articles about her. Happily Ever After is a hagiography; Fullerton firmly believes that Jane Austen is the best writer in the world and Pride and Prejudice her best book. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable and v ...more
Christine
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For all fans of Pride and Prejudice, this is required reading! :) This book is well researched and takes the reader on a journey: from Jane Austen's own feelings about P & P and the reactions the book received upon its first publication, to modern adaptations of the story in book, film, and theater and its relevance to our modern day and life. I throughly enjoyed this book ... kind of sad I reached the end ... and I highly recommend it to fans of P & P and to people who are wondering jus ...more
Jean-Philip Bourgeois
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really wanted the book as a gift to my girlfriend. Pride and Prejudice is her favorite story, movies and book included. I was happy with it, being of very nice quality especially as a gift. I was reading it with her on the plane at moments.

It won't be an extensive review. I am reluctant of giving 5 stars for a book I didn't even read completely and probably won't, but she loves it so it deserves at least 4.
Tereza Candioto
"...Sometimes what is most comforting is to be reminded of an ordered world in which integrity wins the day, good manners are a reflection of a good heart and love is generous not self-serving. For that,Pride and Prejudice is the perfect therapy: a timeless story which is at one and the same time both profound and vastly entertaining.", Dr Joanna Penglase, editor of JASA jounal Sensibilities
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Susannah Fullerton has been President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia since 1996. She is a worldwide authority on Austen's life and fiction, and her books have been praised by Claire Tomalin, Maggie Lane, Deirdre le Faye and Hazel Jones.
She has lived in Australia since 1986 and her book 'Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia' looks at 11 famous authors who spent time in Austra
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