When a classic love story has a big birthday, it’s time to have a ball – literally. Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Pride and Prejudice,” the Jane Austen novel that introduced feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, seemingly aloof Mr. Darcy and a world of manor homes and grand estates that turned England into a dream destination for readers around the globe.

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Jane Austen tourism booms as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ turns 200