All the Pretty Emmas


We swoon over the new Penguin Classics edition of Emma edited by Juliette Wells, with a beautiful cover design by Dadu Shin. We noticed how many pretty editions of Emma were out there when we were writing JAC2C, and decided to put together a gallery of some of our favorites.

Also, we’re giving away a copy of the new book, compliments of Penguin. (Sorry, this is for readers in the U.S. only.) Leave a comment here with a valid email address by midnight on Tuesday, October 6, and we’ll choose a commenter at random.

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Emma 200th Anniversary Penguin Classics Edition

“Oh! you would rather talk of her person than her mind, would you? Very well; I shall not attempt to deny Emma’s being pretty.”

“Pretty! say beautiful rather. Can you imagine any thing nearer perfect beauty than Emma altogether— face and figure?”

“I do not know what I could imagine, but I confess that I have seldom seen a face or figure more pleasing to me than hers. But I am a partial old friend.” – Emma, Volume I, Chapter V (5)

I recently received a copy of the new 200th Anniversary Penguin Classics edition of Emma, and thought, “Why didn’t they send this to me two years ago!” Because two years ago, I was in the initial stages of putting together Jane Austen Cover to Cover, and I certainly would have loved to include this beautiful cover design by Dadu Shin.

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17 thoughts on “All the Pretty Emmas

  1. Joan Doyle

    I am anxious to read Julliette’s annotations and the extra material on Emma and it’s publication. I found her talk at the JASNA Eatsern PA regional meeting fascinating and entertaining.

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  2. Joan Doyle

    The embroidered Emma cover is one of my very favorites! I am a needleworker also and I love the way they raised the “stitches” on the cover. This makes it a lovely tactile experience as well as a visual one.

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  3. Lori Mulligan Davis

    I’m so pleased to hear this. I’m beginning my “Emma” reading marathon in honor of the 200th Anniversary. (I found myself re-reading “Mansfield Park” fifteen times to celebrate.) I went into “MP” with “MP” in last place, but eventually worried it could nudge out of the Top Spot my all-time-favorite JA novel: “Emma.” Juliette Wells’s edition could help me uncover all the depth that made “MP” so compelling (okay, addictive).


  4. When my husband and I were first married and living in the D.C. area, he arranged for us to go to Goucher and view their collection of early JA editions as a birthday present. Best present ever! And everyone at Goucher was great. This edition sounds like a good one!

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