The Albert Wisner Public Library will kick off its year-long celebration of 200 years of the literary heritage of Jane Austen on Thurs., Mar. 16 at 6:30 p.m. with “The Afterlife of a Literary Icon.” From mashups such as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” to Internet series such as “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries,” not to mention numerous academic studies of her life and work, it’s almost as if Austen never left.
In this talk, Jacqueline George, Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, will trace some of the major developments of Austen’s reputation, beginning with the immediate aftermath of her death in July 1817, and probe the following questions: Why does Miss Austen remain with us? And what can her legacy tell us about literature, fame, and the relationships between books and people?
Other upcoming programs slated for the celebration include screenings of movies based on Jane Austen novels, book discussions and a play about Miss Austen. Library patrons are also invited to take a selfie with Mr. Darcy at the Austen display on the main level.
To register to attend this program, call 986-1047, ext. 3 or visit www.albertwisnerlibrary.org.