Author: Margaret C. Sullivan
Source: from publisher for review
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Summary: An interesting and beautiful book which would make a great gift for the Austen fan in your life – even if that’s yourself!
My first impression of this book was that it was bigger than I expected and of very nice quality. I loved that the pages were large enough for two covers to be shown on either side of the fold so that matched sets or books with similar themes could be grouped together. Overall, the book was extremely well organized, largely chronological and with reasonable divisions. I also thought the sections being labeled with quotes from Austen were a nice touch, as were the fun extras at the end, including summaries of all of Austen’s works.
I enjoyed learning more about the order in which Austen’s books were published and about trends in book covers over the ages. My only complaint is that there wasn’t much scholarly commentary on the social climate during each time period which may have influenced the covers. Instead, this is a fairly light book, mostly focused on aesthetics. As long as that’s what you expect, I think you’re likely to enjoy this book, which is occasionally funny, always interesting, and clearly written by someone who loves Austen.