The two hundredth anniversary of one of Jane Austen's most famous novels is being celebrated in Hampshire. The author, who was born in Steventon a few miles from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, wrote 'Emma' in the village of Chawton near Alton. A special exhibition is being held at Chawton House library.
Emma at 200: from English Village to Global Appeal, opens today and marks the novel's global appeal and its enduring popularity.
Items on show include an English first edition of the novel, a first edition from America and a first French translation - both published in 1816. The story has featured on television and film, as well as being adapted to a modern day setting as the inspiration for a Hollywood film.
The exhibition continues at Chawton House Library until Sunday 25th September.
More details here.
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