Friday, January 28, 2011

...antithesis and alliteration

Don't judge a book by its title! Many in the corporate world hunger for titles. There can even be a cast system of sorts which is, I guess, how that world operates. I have experienced people treating others less than decently until they learn of a specific title, degree or experience and then BINGO! the attitude changes. So can be said about the title of a book or a CD. On this day in 1813 Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom. It has sold approximately 20 million copies worldwide. This may explain the McMansion in which Ms. Austen resides.
Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of most loved books. It has also become one of the most popular novels in English literature, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes. Anyway, after the success of 'Sense and Sensibility' the commercial aspects kicked in, the editors thinking the title a good one for selling purposes. Ahhhhh, titles! What would the neighbors think?

"Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies."
Jane Austen