Happy Birthday, Pride and Prejudice!

Pride and Prejudice was published on this day in 1813:

Pride and Prejudice

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!–When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”–Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

[Book Nerd Links] 100 Actual Titles of Real Eighteenth-Century Novels

100 Actual Titles of Real Eighteenth-Century Novels [courtesy The Toast]*

Do hurry back and share your favourite(s) in the comments section.

*Eighteenth-Century novels are the best.

Shopping for the Bookworm: Bloomsbury Group

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson Greeting Card by Amanda White

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson Greeting Card by Amanda White. $3.90.

Portrait of a Marriage by Nigel Nicolson at The Glamourist

Portrait of a Marriage by Nigel Nicolson at The Glamourist. $25.29.

Virginia Woolf Print by Lucy Loves This

Virginia Woolf Print by Lucy Loves This. $25.29.

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Anne Brontë Died 164 Years Ago Yesterday and Nary a Peep Was Heard*

Anne Brontë, the forgotten sister, died on 28 May 1849. She was 29. Her novels are quite entertaining, so there is really no excuse for the shadowy, reclusive life of her fame.

The Sisters Bronte by their brother Branwell Bronte. Anne is on the left.

The Sisters Brontë by their brother Branwell Brontë. Anne is on the left.

QUOTE: “My heart is too thoroughly dried to be broken in a hurry, and I mean to live as long as I can.”-Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

WORKS: Agnes Grey; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

A KEEPSAKE:

Anne Bronte Doll Miniature by Uneek Doll Designs

Anne Brontë Doll Miniature by Uneek Doll Designs. $41.00

*I was too busy yesterday to compose this post. At around 10:00 P.M. I thought of rushing it out, but then decided that publishing it a day late would be all too appropriate.

A Year in Books/Day 201: George Eliot A Life

  • Title: George Eliot A Life
  • Author: Rosemary Ashton
  • Year Published: 1996 (Penguin Books)
  • Year Purchased: 2007
  • Source: A discount bookstore in New York.
  • About: I have a lot of nice things to say about this biography, but the words refuse to line up in the right order. If I wrote down what I was thinking, it wouldn’t make any sense to you. Actually, I tried. About five times, and it didn’t make any sense to me, either. In an effort to get my point across in a straightforward way, and not drive myself crazy whilst doing so, I’m going to toss some descriptive and applicable words at you: Thoughtful. Intelligent. Careful. Illuminating. Human. Measured. Absorbing. Interesting. Appropriate. Subtle. George Eliot is one of my favourite English-language novelists of the 19th century. Her books bear reading and stand up to repeated visits. So does Ashton’s biography.
  • Motivation: I like George Eliot’s work. I love biographies to the point of near obsession.
  • Times Read: 2
  • Random Excerpt/Page 72: “Her isolated position high up in her foreign attic, poised between a past life of much frustration and under-achievement and an unknown future, encouraged her penchant for thorough analysis and turned it inward. Sara had worried about her state of mind and her ability to cope alone. Mary Ann replied that she did quite enough worrying on her own account. Solicitude which expressed itself in criticism was not helpful.”
  • Happiness Scale: 9
    English: George Eliot

    English: George Eliot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)