This year marks the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous novel Pride and Prejudice. Selling over 20 million copies worldwide Pride and Prejudice has been filmed for numerous film and television adaptations.
On the 21st February 2013 to celebrate this bicentenary in the UK Royal Mail will issue a new set of commerative stamps featuring the written works of Jane Austin.
The following is a description of the individual themes that were used to create this unique set of stamps.
1st Class – Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility was Jane Austen’s first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". Set in southwest England between 1792 and 1797 it follows the life and loves of the Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they experience love, romance and heartbreak.
1st Class – Pride and PrejudicePublished in 1813, Pride and Prejudice follows the adventures of Elizabeth Bennett as she deals with deals with manners, upbringing, morality, education, and romance with the proud Mr Darcy.
77p – Mansfield ParkFanny Price is a "poor relation" living with the Bertrams, acutely conscious of her inferior status and yet daring to love their son Edmund from afar. Mansfield Park was the first novel of Jane Austen's maturity, and the first in which the author turned her unerring eye on the concerns of English society at a time of great upheaval.
77p – EmmaTwenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominates the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other people’s lives for their own good. Her well-meant interfering centres on the foolish, if appealing, Harriet Smith, the aloof Jane Fairfax, the dangerously attractive Frank Churchill, and the ambitious young vicar Mr. Elton, and it ends with her complacency shattered, her mind awakened to some of life’s more intractable dilemmas, and her happiness assured.
£1.28 – Northanger AbbeyCatherine Morland is embroiled in misapprehension, mistreatment, and mortification when she is invited to Northanger Abbey, the forbidding ancestral seat of her suitor, Henry Tilney, until common sense and humour and a crucial clarification of Catherine s financial status puts all to right.
£1.28 – Persuasion
Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. At nineteen she fell in love with a fearless naval officer, Captain Wentworth. But as he had no fortune, Anne was persuaded to give him up. Eight years later, Wentworth returns, rich and unwed. What happens as the two are thrown together in the social world of Bath and as an eager new suitor appears for Anne is touchingly and wittily told in a masterpiece that is also one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.
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