Towson celebrates anniversary of Jane Austen classic

February 11, 2013 by  

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. To celebrate this, the Goucher College Library in Baltimore is holding an exhibit called ‘Pride and Prejudice: a 200 year affair’.

The exhibit features holdings of the library’s Jane Austen collection, which is the largest in North America. The bulk of the collection was donated by Henry Burke, who was co-founder of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Among the items on display is a first edition volume of the novel. The exhibit also contains various illustrated editions, correspondence, and memorabilia.

There will also be several special events taking place at the same time as the exhibit. On February 20, there will be an opening reception from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Appetizers, wine, and a champagne toast will be included.

On March 7, the Pride and Prejudice Regency Dance, will be held at the library from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. It will feature dancing, period games, instruction on the “language of the fan”, a Regency period dance demonstration, and light refreshments. Admission to both events is free but reservations must be made in advance.

The exhibit will no doubt draw people from all over the area, including nearby Towson. With that in mind, it’s likely that the organizers worked with local printing companies to help get the word out about these upcoming events.

“Pride and Prejudice: a 200 year affair” is showing at the Goucher College Library until July 26. For more information, call 410-337-6347.