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Coming soon to this space: EMMA

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Just a quick reminder that I'm going to be starting a chapter-by-chapter read of Emma by Jane Austen on May 1st. The good news for you is that copies are available to you for as little as no money whatsoever. You can read Emma online for free at Molland's Circulating Library, an Austen-devoted site named after an emporium named as existing on Milsom Street in Bath in the text of Persuasion. You can download the Kobo e-reader for free and get a free download of Emma there, or you can download the Kindle program for free and get a free download of Emma there. Or for your Nook, if you have one. Or you can likely borrow a copy from your local lending library. And book versions are available at all sorts of price points, including really, really cheaply.

The point is, if you want to read along, you can do so with precious little expense on your part. And there are so very many fun things about this book - hidden slights against the French, Twelfth Night-like elements (not referring to the Shakespeare play so much as to the idea of the holiday and its topsy-turvy ideas), parlor games, geographic symbolism and more.

I hope some of you are planning to join me with Chapter One on May 1st!

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Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm in!

I came to Emma -- in fact to Jane Austen -- due to Mary Cantwell, who used to write a column for Glamour magazine when I was a teen/young adult (in which she told charming snippets about her life and related it to food and threw in an easy short recipe). She told of reading Emma again and again, so... I tried. For quite a few years, without successfully getting very far, until finally, at 20, or maybe 23 (I have two separate trips to England which have blended in my memory) I made it to Bath, and took a Jane Austen walking tour, and could at last sink into her books and read Emma... but it has now been a very long time, and I'd love to read it again
Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)

I tried reading Emma after I tore through Pride & Prejudice in my early thirties (yes, I came LATE to Austen!), but really couldn't muster up much enthusiasm at first. Nowadays, however, I adore the book!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Emma was my very first Austen book and for years was my favorite. I am still very fond of Miss Woodhouse and her well-meaning shenanigans. I'll be following along. :)

Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Mr Knightley was one of Austen's favorite heroes (the other being Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park, which never ceases to amaze me).
Apr. 22nd, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
My favorite! I am there!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
THIN gruel, even!

I have a soft spot for Knightley as well. And I love Jeremy Northam and Jonny Lee Miller in the role. I also happen to love Mark Strong in parts of his role (opposite Kate Beckinsale), but overall he played the role too broodily for my taste.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I'll follow along from time to time, but we're on the road (San Francisco, here I come) for the first half of May and I'm trying to travel as light as possible.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
That's where an e-version comes in handy, yes?
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