Are you a die-hard fan of the works of the British author who depicted English country life throughout her writings? Does the name Tom Lefroy, “a very gentlemanlike, good-looking, pleasant young man.” ring a bell? Ever watched the movie Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson, or Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright, and fallen in love? Then, for sure, you are an ardent fan of Jane Austen, whose works stand out to date for their comedy, self-awareness, and detailed depiction of main characters and their relationships.
Though the author’s first published book was Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice takes the top spot. 208 years after its publication, the novel’s popularity has not dwindled with time. If you are an admirer of Jane Austen’s works, in possession of an iPad, then download the app Jane Austen’s World by Jane Austen Project. The app lets you dive deep into the literary world of Austen with Pride and Prejudice, her own darling child. The book was originally titled First Impressions and was signed “By the author of Sense and Sensibility.”
What makes the app unique is the
- Character Portrait Wall
- Character bios (including a bio of Jane Austen herself)
- Insightful trivia
- Winning quotes
- Map of England showing where events took place, with city and town descriptions
Immerse yourself into the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, again, with beautiful page-turning animations at the tip of your finger. You can customize the app by modifying the font size and background color, bookmarking pages, and continuing where you left off.
Did you know Pride and Prejudice was originally titled First Impressions? And the book was signed “By the author of Sense and Sensibility.”?
The Portrait Wall is fun, featuring creative portraits of all the main characters. Touch Mr. Bennet, and the app will show you his age, residence, income, relatives, and character description in the words of the narrator. In addition to the main characters, Jane Austen’s World has the character biographies of less-known characters like Louisa Hurst, Mr. Hurst, Sir William Lucas, Lady Lucas, and others also.
Click on Trivia on the home page to learn how Jane Austen often referred to things by different names than we know them today. For instance, the name Cheapside might make us think of the place as a poor part of London. It actually was a thriving business district. For those who can’t remember, Elizabeth’s aunt and uncle, the Gardiners, lived on Gracechurch St., that was near Cheapside.
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Pride and Prejudice
Want to have a look at all your favorite quotes from the book in one place? Mentioning both the speaker and the person to whom the quote was directed, the Quotes section provides a delightful exploration of wit and charm.
Though the app has full book text of Pride and Prejudice alone, they are planning to release additional books of Austen’s six widely acclaimed novels – Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park in the future. Download the app now for a small fee and share it with other Jane Austen fans too.
Rating: 8.5/ 10