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January 28, 2013, marks the 200th publication anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. In honor of the special occasion, the Free Library is hosting Pride and Prejudice at 200, a day-long celebration of the novel at Parkway Central Library, neighborhood libraries, and online at freelibrary.org!

The Library is proud to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity through our literary celebrations like Pride and Prejudice at 200 and Year of Dickens 2012. See below for a listing of events, and stay tuned to freelibrary.org for more information on the day’s activities.

  • Digital Exhibition
    freelibrary.org
    The Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central will curate a digital exhibition on freelibrary.org with images of Jane Austen and illustrations depicting the time period.

  • Special Twitter Feed
    twitter.com/digitalmrdarcy
    Follow @DigitalMrDarcy on Twitter as he makes his way to Philadelphia while observing modern life (which he often finds vexing).

  • Film Screening
    Lobby, Running Throughout the Day 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Throughout the afternoon in Parkway Central, the 2005 film adaptation, Pride & Prejudice, will be projected on screens in the lobby. Free and open to the public.

  • First Editions at Rare Book Department
    Rare Book Department, 3rd Floor, 11:00 a.m.
    The Rare Book Department celebrates Pride and Prejudice at 200 by displaying the first American editions of other Austen classics, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey during Monday’s public tour of the department.

  • Pop-Up Performances
    Parkway Central, Two performances, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
    Customers at Parkway Central will be entertained by pop-up performances by the Old Academy Players, directed by Carla Childs. Actors will perform scenes from Pride and Prejudice.

  • Literary Salon
    Room 108, 5:30 p.m.
    Bring along your copy of Pride and Prejudice and participate in our Literary Salon. Open to long-time Austen fans and newcomers alike!   

  • The Three Elizabeths
    Room 108, 6:30 p.m.
    Carrie Rickey, longtime film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will talk about how Elizabeth Bennett is framed in three different versions of Pride & Prejudice, the 1941 version starring Greer Garson, the BBC version starring Jennifer Ehle, and the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley.

  • Pride and Prejudice: Past, Present, and Future
    Room 108, 7:30 p.m.
    Elizabeth Steele, Vice-President for Conferences of The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and member of  Board of Directors for both JASNA and the local region, leads a talk on the importance of Pride and Prejudice throughout its 200 years.

Note: At the Literary Salon, The Three Elizabeths presentation, and the Pride and Prejudice: Past, Present, and Future presentation, attendees will have a chance to walk away with a set of Austen-inspired books courtesty of our friends at Quirk Books!
 

In addition to the events at Parkway Central, the following will take place at our Oak Lane neighborhood library: 

  • Film Screening
    Oak Lane Library, 5:45 p.m.
    Stop by Oak Lane Library for a screening of Pride and Prejudice and enjoy hot tea and biscuits as you watch!
     

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Wed, December 26, 2012
terrywoods
dontewilliams - philadelphia
Wed, December 26, 2012
terrywoods
dontewilliams - philadelphia
Thu, December 27, 2012
I am so unbelievably excited! I've read P&P and lots of sequels/prequels. I've seen multiple movie versions (the A&E miniseries is the best!). I'm working all day, but I hope I can make it out for some of the fun after work!
Jazmin - Philly
Wed, January 02, 2013
Do you mean the 1995 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle? This version is a much truer and authentic reproduction! Please show it instead of the Hollywood version.
Anita - Philadelphia
Thu, January 03, 2013
Can you picture Pride and Prejudice reimagined as Lizzie Bennet's video blog, complete with social media tie-ins on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr? Check out The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!: http://www.lizziebennet.com/
Sara Palmer, Library Supervisor - Greater Olney Branch
Fri, January 04, 2013
What a wonderful event the library has organized. We are thrilled to be included and "shall go distracted" celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice.
JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania - Media
Mon, January 07, 2013
Looking forward to this. Nothing going on in Baltimore re: P & P Bicentennial. Will be happy to come to the City of Brotherly Love for the day! But can anyone tell me where I can park my car all day and evening?
Patricia Evans - Baltimore
Mon, January 07, 2013
Hi Patricia, Thanks for your interest in Pride and Prejudice at 200. There are long term street parking and lots near the Central Library--hopefully you can celebrate the day with us!
Free Library - Philadelphia
Fri, January 11, 2013
Not surprised Baltimore is not doing anything. Next weekend there may be a story in the Washington Post about how we are the only ones around making a big deal of this. But it is a big deal--Jane Austen is one of the most important and influential novelists in the English language and Pride & Prejudice is her most iconic novel. Why more cultural institutions are not putting on the dog, I do not know. But have a guess. Perhaps, even in this day, women writers are not taken as seriously as men writers?
Kay Wisniewski - Philly
Mon, January 21, 2013
Re Baltimore....There will be an exhibit of Jane Austen items, rare books and other things, at Goucher Colloge in Towson, suburban Baltimore, Jan 28 - June. Also, do come to the Pop up performances of Pride and Prejudice at the Free library of Philadelphia, main branch, at 1:30 and 3:30. Real actors, costumes, sparkling Austen wit!
Jane Jennings - Philadelphia
Sat, January 26, 2013
Kay W: Your neighbors are looking forward to the 200th of P & P celebration on Monday. When is a good time to join in the fun? Is anything on for Saturday? Sally & Alex
Sally/Alex - Philadelphia
Sun, January 27, 2013
Would have gone but only to see the BBC/A&E version with Colin Firth of course. Can,t believe the Library is not playing that instead,as the movie of 2005 was awful (except for Keira Knightly as Elizabeth). We are devout Pride & Prejudice fans and have the DVD, CD, books etc. we also always recommend that version to everyone. Should be a good celebration of Jane. The movie "Becoming Jane" was excellent too. Is that playing also?
Margie and Anthony - Yardley
Wed, January 30, 2013
Don't forget the 1981 BBC Pride & Prejudice with Elizabeth Garvey and David Rintoul. It ranks alongside the Garvey/Firth version. I had never read any of Austen (shameful). I was recovering from back surgery and saw this version on television. I rose from my sick bed and walked to my local library to check out all of Austen's novels.
MJO - Wilmington, DE
Wed, January 30, 2013
Don't forget the 1981 BBC Pride & Prejudice with Elizabeth Garvey and David Rintoul. It ranks alongside the Garvey/Firth version. I had never read any of Austen (shameful). I was recovering from back surgery and saw this version on television. I rose from my sick bed and walked to my local library to check out all of Austen's novels.
MJO - Wilmington, DE
Wed, January 30, 2013
Correction: the Garvey/Rintoul series ranks alonside the Ehle/Firth version
mjo - wilmington, de
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