Zombies invading a Jane Austen classic? Sea monsters churning the waters of a beloved tome? Abraham Lincoln, a vampire hunter? Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina the subject of an upcoming mash-up? What’s a reader to do? What’s a librarian to do?
Have some fun as the classics are re-imagined in today’s mash-ups, and encourage readers to sample the original works.
So after you read Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, re-visit Jane Austen’s world of Elizabeth and Jane Bennet and their men, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley, in Pride and Prejudice. Or, watch the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, starring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth and Colin Firth and Mr. Darcy.
You can dig deeper into Austen’s classic novel by reading such titles as Flirting With Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-lit Masterpiece by Jennifer Crusie; Searching for Jane Austen, a volume of essays by Emily Auerbach; or Jane Austen, a biography by the late novelist Carol Shields.
The Library has ordered two upcoming titles -- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, which will be released in March, and Android Anna Karenina by Ben Winters, due out in June, but you can find plenty of books in the Library now about Lincoln and about Tolstoy’s heroine Anna.
If you want to learn more about Lincoln, try Harold Holzer’s Lincoln: An Anthology: 85 Writers on His Life and Legacy From 1860 Until Now, or Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Ready for Tolstoy? Try his classic Anna Karenina and learn about her love for the dashing soldier Count Vronsky while married to the staid Karenin in a novel that paints a vivid picture of the politics and moral strictures of 19th century Russia.