Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English author known primarily for her six major novels set among the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Considered defining works of the Regency Era and counted among the best-loved classics of English literature, Austen’s books include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The latter two were published after her death.
James Fairfaxby Jane Austen, Adam Campan
In this stunning, gender-bending, stylish dance-of-manners version of Jane Austen's beloved classic novel Emma -- an alternate Regency where gay marriage is commonplace and love is gender-blind -- matchmaking Emma Woodhouse tries to find a suitable spouse for her lover Harriet/i>/b>/b>/b>
It's same-sex marriage in Jane Austen's Regency England!
In this stunning, gender-bending, stylish dance-of-manners version of Jane Austen's beloved classic novel Emma -- an alternate Regency where gay marriage is commonplace and love is gender-blind -- matchmaking Emma Woodhouse tries to find a suitable spouse for her lover Harriet Smith, and is embroiled in the secrets of the relationship between the mysterious and accomplished James Fairfax and the handsome Frank Churchill...
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- December 16, 1775
- Date of Death:
- July 18, 1817
- Place of Birth:
- Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
- Place of Death:
- Winchester, Hampshire, England
- Taught at home by her father
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One of Jane Austen's recurring themes is the choice between marrying for love or for money. Indeed, for many of her characters it is not even a choice: social pressures, economic necessities and class prejudice oppose true love at every turn. But although Austen eloquently portrayed the strength of same-sex friendships and sibling devotion, conventionality of her time limited marriage partners to only half the human race. In his brilliant variation of EMMA, Adam Campan removes this single obstacle and then lets the story unfold. The historical basis for this conceit is not utterly untoward. As Campan points out in his Foreword, many among the nobility of Europe had preferred their own sex, but married conventionally for the sake of the proper passage of property and rank. What if, Campan asks, same-sex marriage ("marriage a la mode") were permitted by royal decree? What else would change? More significantly, what would remain the same? Unlike many Austen pastiches, which lay into the original stories with a heavy and insensitive hand, Campan's touch is deft and sure. Much of the original text is preserved (hence Austen's name quite rightly appears in the byline), but subtle details that at first appear to make little different. But as Campan allows those tiny changes to build on one another, a startling revelation emerges, one which is both faithful to Austen's premise and relevant to today's social mores: even in a world where sexual preference is no hindrance, nothing has changed. In marriage as in all else, people still betray--or follow--their own hearts. Austen would have been proud.