200th Anniversary of Austen’s Emma

Just a quick little post. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and received lots of bookish favours. A gift from my husband included the 200th anniversary edition of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, which I am excited to re-read as part of my classics challenge next year. I will see you again in a few days with what will most likely be the last post of this year.

Emma was first published in December of 1815. This month marks its 200th anniversary. On Christmas Eve, my husband took me to our local bookshop to choose a book and I plumped for this anniversary edition. Besides having a gorgeous cover, it has beautiful deckled edge pages, contextual essays, maps of Austen's England, tips for reading the book, along with photographs of the first edition. Emma is not my most endearing Austen heroine; she annoys me with her meddling ways. But so many people have been discussing Emma recently and it has shed new light on the way I view the novel. After twenty five years I will read it more objectively and hope it will improve upon renewed acquaintance. This book marks the first book in my classics challenge for next year.

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4 thoughts on “200th Anniversary of Austen’s Emma

  1. Reblogged this on alljaneausten and commented:
    What a great way to celebrate Emma’s 200th anniversary. I wish I could get my hands on a special edition! For those of us who can’t, why not commemorate this aniversary by reading the book or watching the film instead? Go to my Also Austen page to find all the Austen books and films you need.

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