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Letters from Pemberley

The First Year

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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 finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege, now as Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley. 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, the book is a literary patchwork quilt piecing together the story of Lizzy's first eventful year as Mrs. Darcy.

From Publishers Weekly

May 03, 1999 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Letters from Pemberly

Not a very exciting book and only a bit of Elizabeth's wit shows through. There is no interaction between Elizabeth and Darcy.

Letters from Pemberley
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: May 01, 2007
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Seller: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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