Dear Miss Austen…

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Dear Miss Austen,

Every time I read Pride and Prejudice or watch the movie, I am in awe of you! You created some of the most iconic and beloved characters in all of literature. I have to admit when I first read P&P (please forgive me for abbreviating the title) in the eighth grade, I didn’t like it very much, but for some reason, the essence of the characters stuck with me. I always loved the dark, brooding hero and the sassy, outspoken heroine in stories. It wasn’t until years later when I saw the 1995 BBC version of P&P that I realized where my love of those types of characters had originated.

Your fans are thankful for the six novels you wrote and only wish you’d lived long enough to write many, many more. I suppose that’s why so many of us feel compelled to create our own stories inspired by yours!

So here’s a toast to the 200th anniversary of the publication of my very favorite novel – your own “darling child”, Pride and Prejudice.

With all my love, affection and admiration!

Susan Mason-Milks

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3 Responses to Dear Miss Austen…

  1. Veronica says:

    Lovely letter to such an influential writer. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stephanie Carrico says:

    enjoyed your letter…can’t believe P&P is 200 years old and going strong
    on to the next stop

  3. Vesper says:

    You might want to watch the British TV version of P&P from the 1970’s – I felt the characters were more a reflection of the book than the 1995 one