Letters from Pemberley, The First Year: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

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In this continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of the best-loved novels in the English language, Elizabeth Bennet, now Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley, finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege. Writing to her sister, Jane, she confides her uncertainty and anxieties, and describes the everyday of her new life. Her first year at Pemberley is sometimes bewildering, but Lizzy's spirited sense of humor and satirical eye never desert her. Incorporating Jane ...
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Overview

In this continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of the best-loved novels in the English language, Elizabeth Bennet, now Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley, finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege. Writing to her sister, Jane, she confides her uncertainty and anxieties, and describes the everyday of her new life. Her first year at Pemberley is sometimes bewildering, but Lizzy's spirited sense of humor and satirical eye never desert her. Incorporating Jane Austen's own words and characters from her other works (who appear here with different names, either associated with Austen's life, borrowed from another of her novels, or a word-play on their original name), Jane Dawkins pieces together a literary patchwork quilt to tell the story of Lizzy's first eventful year as Mrs. Darcy. The result is an entertaining and satisfying tale that will surely delight Jane Austen fans everywhere.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Strictly for Jane Austen devotees, this epistolary novel picks up where Pride and Prejudice left off. Drafting 25 letters from Elizabeth Darcy (n e Bennett) to her sister Jane, Dawkins seeks to describe Elizabeth's first months as mistress of Pemberley. Gossip about characters from Pride and Prejudice is presented, as are a number of new characters cheerfully identified by Dawkins in her preface as pastiches of Austen characters from other books and from Austen's own life. Indeed, new characters are introduced with a sly wink to insiders (like Richard Mansfield and the sisters Norland--the elder a young lady of sense, the younger of sensibility). Dawkins strains to be Austenian in tone and vocabulary but, as she herself admits, she's neither an Austen scholar nor an expert on the period. In consequence, she often errs with anachronisms and inconsistencies in character. Lovers of Pride and Prejudice will have difficulty imagining the headstrong Elizabeth, who was an easy match for the condescending Catherine de Bourgh, as subdued and socially self-conscious as she is here. Austen, furthermore, would likely not consider a young girl's marriage to an older man an attempt to find a "father figure." Dawkins's expressed wish to entertain is, however, realized in this light, amusing book. Most readers will prefer to revisit favorite characters where they're more true to form--in Austen's own pages. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893337008
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Fantastic

    I really really liked it! I recommend it to any Jane Austen fan because I think it is what Jane Austen would probably write. Out of all the sequels to Pride and Prejudice (and there are many,) this is probably the most similar to what Jane Austen would write! BUY IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Good enough book but not Grate .

    This Is a Good book I was so intrigue by it I could not put it down till I was finish reading it , the only thing about this book is that you get some kind of idea on what¿s going on after the Wedding but since they are letters to her sister Jane, they don¿t give to much time talking about Elisabeth and Mr. Darcy life. Other then that I was very pleas with the Book, and I cant wait to receive the next part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Speachless!

    I just finished the novel not a minute ago and I loved it so much I thought it best to give it a review. After finishing the original novel I wanted to know what happened. Everything I hoped would happen to the characters plays out beautifuly in the novel. Jane Austen would be proud. Although the book gets tiredsome in the form of letters you still can't help but love it. I plan on ordering the second one immediatly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    If you are a Jane Austen fan this is a must read!!

    I loved this book. It brought me back to the world of Elizabeth Bennet now married and mistress of Pemberley. Loved the book so much that I had to order the next installment of letters. Two thumbs up for Ms. Dawkins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    A very good continuation.

    This was a very good continuation to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The characters seemed to have been true to the origionals from Austen's novel. It is a pleasant follow up to the classic novel. This novel is one of the better continuations of Pride and Prejudice I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    Very Very good sequel

    after I read Pride and Prejudice I needed more I needed to know what happened to all of the happy couples (some unhappy too (George Wickham)) The only problem I had with this book is A) it wasn't longer and B) it didn;t have any letters from Jane or Lydia or their father I want to know what Mr. Bennet wrote to Jane and what Mr. Gardiner wrote to Mrs. Bennet and What Lizzy Wrote to Lydia there are so many other letters that need to be covered than just Lizzy to Jane but it was a good book I could not put it down there were parts where my jaw dropped straight down and I didn't move for five minutes because I was in total shock GREAT SEQUEL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2000

    Sweet Sequel

    Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and this sequel did not disappoint. I thought that each event in the plot was very likely considering the characters and the author's wording by no means clashed with Austen's traditional writings. The format of letters to Jane but not from her seemed to confine the plot a bit but it was still very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    TEPID

    I thought this book was too neat and pat. Everything fit neatly into place and could be correctly guessed before it was stated. Unlike 'Pride and Predjudice', I didn't find myself on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    Excellent book

    A fine continuation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This book is very well-written and easily transports you back in time. How delightful to read more of Lizzy and Darcy in their first year of marriage. I was disappointed that it wasn't longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    Wonderful Sequel

    I just finished reading this book, and I think that Ms. Dawson has written a splendid continuation, enbodying the characters as well as their personalities much like Jane Austen would have. The best sequel that I have read...and I have read two so far!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    A great job of writing!

    I found this highly entertaining and very easy to read. As an Austen fan, I've always enjoyed P&P and wondered what would happen next. Dawkins' book satisfies my curiosity immensely. I am exceedingly pleased.

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