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Jo Baker's Novel Longbourn

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jo Baker talks about reimagining Pride and Prejudice in her novel Longbourn. In her version, the servants take center stage, taking us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic into the often overlooked domain of the housekeeper and kitchen maid, highlighting the daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Jo Baker

Comments [3]

Paul from NYC

I don't know what is more tiresome - to complain, or to hear others complain. (Or, so might a character from Austen have stated.)

Oct. 15 2013 11:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I noticed the invisibility of servants in the movie of Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth," I guess because a movie/TV show can't not show them even though the main characters completely ignore them. For example, in 1 scene a man & a woman get out of a limousine. The chauffeur opens the door for the woman, & she & the man continue the conversation they were having in the car, not only without saying "Thank you" to the chauffeur but without even acknowledging his existence.

Oct. 15 2013 01:19 PM
Nick from UWS

This woman has that curious quality of modern people to be both knowledgeable and ignorant at the same time. How can she have been a scholar of Jane Austin's work since the age of twelve, yet simultaneously never have had sufficient curiousity to look up the publication date of Pride & Prejudice in all that time and had to learn it recently from someone else? What kind of weird lazy mind is that? This is so characteristic of modern people to be interested in something but unaware and worse uninterested in the context and details of it.

Oct. 15 2013 01:16 PM

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