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When Jane Austen got the first copies of Pride and Prejudice, she wrote to her sister “I have got my own darling Child from London.”
It was January of 1813, a cold season and the Napoleonic Wars were raging. The arrival of Elizabeth Bennet was cheering indeed, “I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” Austen had worked very hard to achieve the effervescent quickness of the book, and she had learned a lot as she wrote and rewrote. The book itself is also about reading, learning to judge characters, letting an internal voice come through in the world, revising, walking, and reading again, all very much of the moment. In the dark days of December, please join me in discovering, or discovering again, the complex landscape of Pride & Prejudice, Austen’s delightful character, and the wonderful relationships this author and character have to time.
Class meets Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15.
Copies of Pride and Prejudice, as well as Cohen’s Austen Year: A Memoir in Five Novels, can be purchased from bookshop.org.
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Rachel Cohen is the author of Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists; Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade; and the forthcoming Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels, an “exhilarating and beautiful” book, wrote Claire Messud. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian and London Review of Books. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Chicago.
Reading Austen’s Emma with Rachel Cohen
Reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with Rachel Cohen
Reading Austen’s Persuasion with Rachel Cohen