Friday, January 28, 2011

In History: 'Pride and Prejudice'

This is the 62nd post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.


Happy birthday to Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice," which was first published on this day, Jan. 28, in 1813 in the UK!

Here's something I didn't know about this book: "Austen sold the copyright for the novel to Thomas Egerton of Whitehall in exchange for £110 (Austen had asked for £150). This proved a costly decision. Austen had published "Sense and Sensibility" on a commission basis, whereby she indemnified the publisher against any losses and received any profits, less costs and the publisher's commission. Unaware that "Sense and Sensibility" would sell out its edition, making her £140, she passed the copyright to Egerton for a one-off payment, meaning that all the risk (and all the profits) would be his. Jan Fergus has calculated that Egerton subsequently made around £450 from just the first two editions of the book."

Should you like, you can read "Pride and Prejudice" online: http://www.thegreatbooks.org/library/texts/austen/pride/index.html. I would imagine other sites have it as well.

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