New book gives servants' perspective in "Pride and Prejudice"

NEW YORK Fri Feb 8, 2013 1:21pm IST

A silhouette of Jane Austen is seen in a window at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, southern England January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

A silhouette of Jane Austen is seen in a window at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, southern England January 28, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Stocks

   

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A British writer has written a book based on Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" but told from the servants' point of view, its U.S. publisher said on Thursday.

In "Longbourn," which will be released later this year in the United States, writer Jo Baker focuses on a romance between the main characters, a newly arrived footman and a housemaid on the Bennet family estate.

"While 'Longbourn' brings to life a different side of the world Austen first created, I was impressed even more by the way this novel stands as a transporting, fully realized work of fiction in its own right," Diane Coglianese, an editor at publisher Alfred K. Knopf, said in a statement.

Baker describes the chaos downstairs among the Bennets' servants, the preparation for the lavish balls, the housekeeper's thoughts about the family patriarch and the tragedy of the Napoleonic wars.

Baker, who was born and lives in Lancashire, England, has written other books, including "Offcomer," and "The Mermaid's Child."

Random House Studio and Focus Features have purchased the film rights for "Longbourn." Transworld will publish the book in Britain and Random House is the Canadian publisher.

(Reporting by Noreen O'Donnell; Editing by Patricia Reaney)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Upcoming Project

Upcoming Project

Coen Brothers tap Clooney, Johansson for all-star studio comedy.  Full Article 

Robbery Case

Robbery Case

Rap's Suge Knight, comedian Katt Williams arrested in robbery case.  Full Article 

Book Talk

Book Talk

Alan Cumming believes in putting everything out there.  Full Article 

Music Charts

Music Charts

Slipknot tops Billboard album chart as Swift eyes big debut.  Full Article 

Celebrity Buzz

Celebrity Buzz

The latest celebrity news including "Interstellar" stars light up the red carpet.  Video 

Taylor Swift On Top

Taylor Swift On Top

A look at the career of the country kid turned pop superstar.  Slideshow 

Filming Slums

Filming Slums

War reporter-turned movie maker turns camera on Egyptian slums.  Full Article 

When Models Fall

When Models Fall

When fashion models take a tumble on the runway.  Slideshow 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage