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The History of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice Playgoers can enter the contest to win a copy of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith by sending an email to jhunkins@gmailcom .  Please get parental permission first.

The History of Pride and Prejudice:

Jane Austen remains one of the most popular writers in the history of western literature, and Pride and Prejudice is Austen’s most loved novel. From the amazing online resource Pemberley.com , the key online resource for fans of Jane Ausetn and her remarkable literary legacy, we learn that Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813 and that the novel is the most popular of  Jane Austen’s works.  The original version of the novel was written in 1796-1797 under the title First Impressions, and was probably in the form of an exchange of letters.

Pride and Prejudice has sold about 20 million copies over its nearly 100 year run, and has spawned a 1940 film and a 2005 film as well as TV Series in 1980 and 1995.   Adaptations of the book include an Indian “Bollywood” film called “Bride and Prejudice” and the bestseller “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

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Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in the UK.

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Derwent Valley Mills

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

As the headlines about factory tend to feature China’s rapid emergence as the new global industrial giant, we look to the Beautiful Derwent Valley in England to find the beginning of the modern “factory”.   The factory innovation was so dramatically productive it soon became the key global model for the creation of goods, ushering in the industrial revolution which was clearly among the most significant events in all of human history.

Derwent Valley Mills is considered by many to be the birthplace of the modern factory system we now take for granted.

Photos at Flickr

Here at Derwent Valley Mills, textile production was revolutionized and the Arkwright model of industrial production was used as tens of thousands were eventually employed in several mills in the valley.    Although pieces of the puzzle of factory production had been solved by others in other places and contexts, it was here in the Derwent Valley that  ”A source of power, in this case water power, was applied to a series of complex mechanised processes for the first time on a relatively large scale”.

The Derwent Valley Mills’ historical and cultural significance led to the prestigious “World Heritage Site” designation in 2001. The “Statement of Significance” reads:

The Derwent Valley saw the birth of the factory system, when new types of building were erected to house the new technology for spinning cotton developed by Richard Arkwright.

In the Derwent Valley for the first time there was large-scale industrial production in a hitherto rural landscape. The need to provide housing and other facilities for workers and managers resulted in the creation of an exceptional industrial landscape that has retained its qualities over two centuries.

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Big news and a big name from the small Wales town of … wait for it …

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which is the home of the newest and most celebrated royal marriage in decades – Prince William and Cate Middleton.    Although the exact location of the royal couples home is kept secret for security reasons, it’s reported that they live modestly with only a security detail and no servants in a fairly modest 3-4 bedroom house.  Of course the prince has keys, an open invitation, and inheritance rights to the extravagance of Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle, and Clarence House in London.

Although Wales has been under British rule for some 800 years, there’s still a sentiment about separation from England that could in some ways be resolved if the royal couple has a Welsh born child, a very distinct possibility given their intentions to live there for some time. Prince William is a rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force and will continue his training in Wales.

Stonehenge Travel Tips

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Stonehenge is one of the world’s most intriguing places, with carefully placed, massive stone monuments celebrating some of the world’s most ancient religious traditions.

Danny Sullivan has a great set of travel tips to Stonehenge because until recently when he was not running search conferences around the globe he was … living near Stonehenge.



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