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February 1, 2009

A student in my senior seminar sent this to me. I have now pre-ordered it. You should, too.

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From the Chronicle Books website:

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen’s classic novel to new legions of fans.

This is sheer genius. You can pre-order it here.

UPDATE: A noted Austen scholar recently had this to say about P&P&Z: “Clearly I’m teaching the wrong edition! The students would like this one better.”

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