Press Release: Emma
Introduced by Fay Weldon
Illustrated by Sam Wolfe Connelly
‘A mature and brilliant comedy of manners’
ROBERT MCCRUM, Observer
Appearing in 1815, Emma was Jane Austen’s fourth published novel, written in a burst of confidence following the success of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. The Folio Society announces the publication of a new illustrated edition to mark the novel’s bicentenary, with a specially commissioned introduction by Fay Weldon, whose Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen’s Fiction has become a classic introduction to Austen’s works. Weldon describes how ‘a hint of success and a whiff of praise’ may have helped bring Austen to the peak of her powers as an artist.
Austen famously said of Emma: ‘I am going to take a heroine whom nobody but myself will much like.’ In this she was proved wrong. Pride and Prejudice may be her most famous novel, Persuasion her most deeply affecting, but for many, Emma is her greatest; the most perfectly balanced between comedy and insight, sparkle and depth. Witty, headstrong Emma Woodhouse, more interested in making matches for others than falling in love herself, is a wholly delightful heroine. The secondary characters – the impressionable Harriet, egotistical Mr Elton and Emma’s gentle, hypochondriac father – are just as unforgettable.
Sam Wolfe Connelly is a young American artist who previously illustrated the Folio edition of The Great Gatsby. He has captured the grace and elegance of the period. This edition is published in series with Pride and Prejudice. It is presented in a metallic blue slipcase bearing the novel’s famous first line, blocked in gold type.
Bound in metallic cloth, blocked with a design by Sam Wolfe Connelly. Set in Baskerville with Trajan display. 448 pages; frontispiece and
9 colour illustrations. Blocked slipcase. 9½” x 6¼”.
UK £36.95 US $64.95 Can $74.95 Aus $77.95
Publication date 11 February 2015
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