Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Jane Austen is one of the most important and popular authors in English history. Her novels discussing love, family, and society have been adored for centuries. Readers of all ages connect to the wit of Elizabeth Bennet, the compassionate nature of George Knightly, and the sisterhood between Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

Austen’s novels have also been adapted and reimagined into books and movies countless times. The latest movie adaptation of Emma, released March 2020, was a huge hit and received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%. The CW television network even announced they are developing a new tv series called Modern Austen that modernizes Austen’s novels.

Join us in celebrating all things Austen by reading one of her novels or enjoying one of the adaptations listed below!

Pride and Prejudice
As one of five daughters, Elizabeth Bennet has to marry well to help her family. Fitzwilliam Darcy is an eligible bachelor, but when he first meets Elizabeth, they are repulsed by each other’s pride. After a series of miscommunications and fateful meetings, they both learn how foolish it is to judge someone on first impressions.

Physical Copy: Evergreen Catalog

eBook: Overdrive, Libby

Audiobook: Overdrive, Libby

Movies and Miniseries: Pride and Prejudice (1995), Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Adaptations: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

 

Sense and Sensibility
Two sisters attempt to find happiness in the tightly structured society of 19th century England. They learn that a balance of sense and sensibility is required in relationships.

Physical Copy: Evergreen Catalog

eBook: Overdrive, Libby

Audiobook: Overdrive, Libby

Movies and Miniseries: Sense & Sensibility (1971), Sense and Sensibility (1995)

 

Emma
Emma Woodhouse is a bright young woman whose misplaced confidence in her matchmaking abilities causes several romantic misadventures.

Physical Copy: Evergreen Catalog

eBook: Overdrive, Libby

Audiobook: Overdrive, Libby

Movies and Miniseries: Emma (1996), Emma (2009), Emma (2020)

Adaptations: Clueless (1995)

 

Mansfield Park
Fanny Price is sent to live with wealthy relatives at a young age. Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in Mansfield, bringing London glamour, a taste for flirtation, and theatre that brings on a crisis.

Physical Copy: Evergreen Catalog

eBook: Overdrive, Libby

Audiobook: Overdrive, Libby

Movies and Miniseries: Mansfield Park (1999)

 

Persuasion
Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth were once engaged. Seven years later, life has pushed them back into each other’s lives, giving them a second chance at love and marriage.

Physical Copy: Evergreen Catalog

eBook: Overdrive, Libby

Audiobook: Overdrive, Libby

Movies and Miniseries: Persuasion (2008)

 

Northanger Abbey
Catherine’s views of life, highly influenced by the romantic Gothic novels she reads, are challenged when a wealthy couple invites her on a vacation. On her first trip away from home, Catherine is swept away by life and love in the city.

Physical Copy: Evergreen Catalog

eBook: Overdrive, Libby

Audiobook: Overdrive, Libby

Movies and Miniseries: Northanger Abbey (2006)