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
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.
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.
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.
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!
- The curious US cult of Jane Austen (bbc.co.uk)
- 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice (isak.typepad.com)
- Pride & Prejudice turns 200 (roseofeurope.wordpress.com)
- Pride and Prejudice turns 200 (bbc.co.uk)
- Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen fans celebrate novel’s 200th anniversary (sunshineofthetropics.wordpress.com)
- 200 Years of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Book Design (theatlanticwire.com)
- Pride and Prejudice Celebrates 200 Years (simplystated.realsimple.com)