Guest Post: Illustrating Jane Austen (#AustenInAugustLGR)

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Hello again, friends of Austen! (We’re all her friends, right?) I am pleased to welcome Lory of The Emerald City Book Review for a splendid guest post on illustrated editions of Jane Austen. Lory Widmer Hess blogs about classic fiction, children’s books, beautiful illustrated editions, and whatever else catches her fancy. She lives in New Hampshire with her family. Welcome, Lory!


Though Jane Austen’s novels remain entrancing when read as e-books or ragged paperbacks, lovers of her works may want to have them in a more permanent and more aesthetically pleasing form. Fortunately there are beautiful illustrated editions available, often for very reasonable prices on the secondary market. This year, rather than trying to find a uniform edition of the novels, I assembled a collection of versions by six different illustrators, most for $20 or less. These diverse perspectives on Austen’s world help to create a more complete picture than…

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