— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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September 10, 2011

An Audrey of many talents



I didn't know that Audrey Niffenegger is an illustrator and printmaker, in addition to being a novelist. Last week {I've been catching up...} Jane Austen Today showed us two covers she had designed for new Penguin editions of Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.




An effort to modernize Jane Austen for new readers? They're a little odd, but they're also striking. I think I like them, in the way you like things that are a little bit horrible. I'd be more interested in reading the introductions. Cathleen Schine is one of my favorite contemporary novelists, and I've been meaning to read Colm Toibin's novel about Henry James since it was published.

2 comments:

Lisa May said...

I agree that they're striking. The Persuasion cover is an excellent illustration of Anne's life as the story opens - but both covers lack Austen's subtlety.

Vintage Reading said...

They are striking. Not sure of their relevance to the novels, though! I always like new introductions to Austen.

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