Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Pen to Paper. Post about one book per week that has been on your wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that you can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our shelves.
This week, I’m wishing for The Folio Society’s editions of Jane Austen novels!
Pride and Prejudice
One of the world’s favourite books, Pride and Prejudice has long been regarded as a classic romance. In Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Austen created the greatest pair of sparring lovers since Shakespeare’s Beatrice and Benedick. This sparkling comedy of manners features an inimitable cast of characters including the obsequious Mr Collins, the autocratic Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Mrs Bennet, the most embarrassing mother in literature.
Emma by Jane Austen
‘I am going to take a heroine whom nobody but myself will much like,’ wrote Jane Austen when beginning Emma in January 1814. 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 Austen’s best novel; 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.
Sense and Sensibility
When Elinor and Marianne Dashwood’s father dies, the sisters are left – thanks to the manipulation of their spiteful sister-in-law – without a home or prospects, unless they find themselves a suitable match. Calm, prudent Elinor’s relationship with the eligible but depressive Edward Ferrars proves complicated, while impetuous, romantic Marianne finds herself torn between glamorous but unreliable Willoughby and the patient war hero Colonel Brandon. At its heart, Austen’s extraordinary first novel is a portrait of the relationship between two loving but very different sisters: the battle between heart and head, Elinor and Marianne, sense and sensibility, is one of the best-loved in English literature. It brims with Austen’s characteristic wry humour, her sharp eye for the nuances of class and conversation, and her sympathy for the plight of unmarried women at a time when marriage and money were the only guarantees of a respectable future.
I’m a Jane Austen fanatic. I’m currently in rehearsals for Sense and Sensibility (I’m playing Lucy Steele), and last year I played Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. I own multiple editions of her books already and in all honesty do not need another three. Look at these though! These editions are illustrated and bound in metallic cloth. Check out the matching slip cases:
I love the Folio Society’s work – I already own second-hand copies of Jane Austen’s Letters and The Brontës: A Life In Letters – and I would love to get my hands on these! Ranging between $AU69.95-$76.95, they are a little on the expensive side and are something I’d have to save up for, though.
The Folio Society has also redesigned/reissued A Memoir of Jane Austen by J.E. Austen-Leigh to match these editions. How pretty do they look all together? I can already hear my bank account breaking.