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Pride and Prejudice

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the most beloved novels of all time. On the surface, it’s the romantic tale of the dashing Mr. Darcy’s courtship of Elizabeth Bennett, but Austen also wrote it as a social commentary of Regency-era England. Tuesday, we’re discussing the enduring appeal of Pride and Prejudice and Austen’s writing. We’ll also talk about the clique of fans, called “Janeites,” who obsess over Jane Austen and yearn for their own Mr. Darcy to sweep them off their feet.


  • Shannon Hale is the the New York Times best-selling author of seven children's and young adult novels, including multiple award winners The Goose Girl and Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy. Her book Austenland [Amazon|Indiebound]has been adapted into a film. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and Austenland​ is screening for onenight only on Tuesday August 6th at 7 p.m.  The screening is free and it's ladies only! At 1 p.m. that day, you can attend a special Tea Party celebrating the film, Hale's book and Jane Austen's work. That event is at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City and it's a fundraiser for the Salt Lake Film Society. You can learn more about that event and the free screening on the Salt Lake Film Society's web site.
  • Claire Harman is the author of four literary biographies, including Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World[Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.