Diana Birchall, who successfully took Mrs. Elton’s side in her In Defense of Mrs. Elton, here reprinted, tells more of her story: The Courtship of Mrs. Elton and the adventurous Mrs. Elton in America finish The Compleat Mrs. Elton trilogy.
Charming, intelligent, and imperious, Miss Emma Woodhouse, the eponymous heroine of Emma, is one of Jane Austen’s best-loved creations – as is the village of Highbury turned upside down by Emma’s well-intentioned but misguided matchmaking. Joan Austen-Leigh, Austen’s own great-great-grandniece, takes readers back to this world with a novel of such style, wit, and wisdom … Read More
In 1999, two amateur Jane Austen scholars staying at an English estate stumbled upon a hidden cache of manuscript pages and made the literary discovery of the century — the lost sex scenes from Jane Austen’s novels. Published here for the first time, the lost pages display Emma taking self-satisfaction to a whole new level, … Read More
A key reason for Emma’s success is that the story has two heroines-Emma Woodhouse and Jane Fairfax. In Austen’s novel, Jane’s backgound is left obscure, and the turmoil underlying her current reduced circumstances in mysterious. At last we learn her whole story in Joan Aiken’s superb retelling ofEmma-this time from Jane Fairfax’s point of view.
“… the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.” Thus the last line of Jane Austen’s Emma. A year later, Emma and Knightley are still living at Hartfield, surrounded by the Westons, the Eltons … Read More
Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her … Read More
Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are looking forward to a relaxing stay with dear friends when their carriage is hailed by a damsel-in-distress outside of the village of Highbury. Little do the Darcys realize that gypsies roam these woods, or that both their possessions and the woman are about to vanish into the night. The Darcys seek out the parish magistrate, … Read More
This reprint of the 1913 sequel written to Jane Austen’s books weaves favorite characters from all six of Austens novels into a riotous, but pleasurable story.
Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr. Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistably beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury. But when a handsome newcomer arrives and catches Emma’s attention, Mr. Knightley is shocked by his … Read More