200th Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice Blog Hop and Giveaway

blog hop botton Today is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.  To celebrate, I’m taking part in a giant Jane Austen fan letter blog hop!

We all know  Jane Austen said it best.  A New York Times article last week suggests research agrees:

Dickens, Austen and Twain, Through a Digital Lens

By STEVE LOHR Published: January 26, 2013

ANY list of the leading novelists of the 19th century, writing in English, would almost surely include Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain.

But they do not appear at the top of a list of the most influential writers of their time. Instead, a recent study has found, Jane Austen, author of “Pride and Prejudice, “ and Sir Walter Scott, the creator of “Ivanhoe,” had the greatest effect on other authors, in terms of writing style and themes.fallen petals copy

These two were “the literary equivalent of Homo erectus, or, if you prefer, Adam and Eve,” Matthew L. Jockers wrote in research published last year. He based his conclusion on an analysis of 3,592 works published from 1780 to 1900. It was a lot of digging, and a computer did it.

via Literary History, Seen Through Big Data’s Lens – NYTimes.com.

bluebird mag copyThat’s some pretty high praise for any author!

Jane Austen has some of the mosbutterflies copyt quotable words out there and I wanted to share a few of my favorites in conjunction with some of my favorite pictures.

I am in the process of having these graphics printed up in various forms. Two lucky winners will be the first to see these goodies and hold them in their hands. I will be giving away two 4×6 magnets featuring my grumpy bluebird.bleeding heart pstr copy

Comment below for your entry into the contest.  Extra entries can be earned for new blog follows, twitter follow, pinterest follow, facebook page likes and a double entry for e-newsletter subscriptions. All extra entry activities can be access from the button in the right hand sidebar.

Be sure and visit the other sites in the Blog Hop!

1. Courtney @ Stiletto Storytime 23. Diana Oaks 45. Courtney Sheets
2. Dani C @ Paulette’s Papers 24. Wendi Sotis 46. Lauren @Marie Antoinette’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
3. Cassandra Grafton 25. P O Dixon 47. Lú thien84 @ My Love for Jane Austen
4. Kate @ Musings 26. Indie Jane 48. Eustacia Tan @Inside the mind of a Bibliophile
5. Nicole 27. Jessica Grey 49. Catherine Lawrencce
6. Jessica @ Peace Love Books 28. Brenna Aubrey 50. Ashley @ Wholly Books!
7. Short and Sweet Reviews 29. Kate McKinley 51. Bettie Lee Turner
8. Rebecca (Rivka Belle) @ A Word’s Worth 30. Reina M. Williams 52. Phylly3
9. Book Addict Katie 31. CandyM @ So little time… 53. Heather Vogel Frederick
10. Sally Smith O’ Rourke 32. Erin K. 54. Faith Hope & Cherrytea
11. Erlynn @ Books Hug Back 33. Media Darlings 55. Josie Brown
12. Deborah/ The Bookish Dame 34. Moira Bianchi 56. Audrey Bilger
13. Marilyn Brant 35. Farida Mestek 57. Chantal
14. Missy @ Invincible Love of Reading 36. My Jane Austen Book Club 58. Cindie @ Cindspectus
15. Maria Grace 37. Mary C. M. Phillips 59. Sharon Lathan
16. Angie Kroll 38. Monica 60. Austen Authors
17. Nancy Kelley 39. Living Read Girl 61. Marlyn @ Stuff and Nonsense
18. Kathy 40. Rebecca McFarland Kyle 62. Jessica @ Literary, etc
19. Darcyholic Diversions/ Barbara Tiller Cole 41. Laurel Ann (Austenprose) 63. Amie @ amiemccracken
20. Abigail Reynolds 42. Jaimie Bell 64. Susan Mason- Milks
21. Jennifer Becton 43. Misty @ The Book Rat 65. Jen @ altered type
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  1. Jane Austen does have an impressive legacy and its great to see her listed with other greats. I love quoting Jane Austen too. It pops out in everyday conversation though many of my friends find it strange and don’t get the connection. Love your magnet idea.

    I am entering your giveaway and have followed on FB, Pinterest and Twitter as new follower: Sophia Rose.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  2. Oh, yes please enter me in the giveaway! I love the quote on the magnet, it’s one of my favorite lines from Jane. I confess to feeling like that quite often!

    I follow you on Twitter, and your blog via RSS.

    nkelley.writes AT gmail DOT com

  3. Yes, Jane absolutely said it best. I love quoting her and her books whenever I can, even if it gets me funny looks. You picked some great ones – I always love the one about ‘pictures of perfection’. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m a twitter follower (@jaffobsession), and an old email and old newsletter subscriber (monicaperry00 at gmail dot com)

  4. Love the grumpy bluebird almost as much as I love the quote! It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Sense and Sensibility, which I try to keep in mind when dealing with certain individuals: “Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.” It’s so hard to believe that P&P is 200 years old, as her observations on human nature are so applicable today.

    I’m a new newsletter subscriber and I now follow the blog by email (dancingcelt at gmail dot com)

  5. I like the idea of magnets with those wonderful quotes. It is interesting to think of Jane Austen as a literary Eve. I know how influential she her writing style and character development is to my writing, but I hadn’t thought of the grander scope her impact has had on literature at large. It’s staggering, but 200 years of P&P never out of print should tell us something.

  6. Very cute grumpy bluebirds :) Love Jane Austen! I am a new blog follower via email. For extra entries I subscribed to your newsletter, followed on twitter, and on pinterest, as well as liked your facebook page.
    Sarah perry on facebook, pinterest
    same email as commented with for the subscriptions.
    @slpemdb on twitter. Thanks!!

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