The Making of Pride and Prejudice

31 Mar — 14 Apr 2024

This exhibition follows the extraordinary journey of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s most beloved novel, from first draft to publication and on through some of its most important and influential editions and incarnations.

The exhibition will showcase a wealth of glorious Pride and Prejudice material, including a rare first edition, a first American edition, a “Peacock edition” illustrated by Hugh Thomson, and a first paperback edition. It also covers adaptations of the novel, from the first theatrical adaptations to the first film released in 1940, and BBC TV adaptations from 1938 – 1995.

The exhibition explores reactions to the novel through the ages, beginning with a letter Jane Austen wrote to her sister on the novel’s first publication, and goes on to look at the novel’s critical reception and legacy.

This display has been extended and will run until 14 April 2024free with House entry!

If you can’t make it to Chawton, you can view an online version of the exhibition here 💻