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I’m picky about annotated editions because an editor can really make or break my overall reading experience. I want editorial notes that enhance my understanding of the background details of the customs, language and culture of the times. I don’t want unnecessary commentary to tell me what I should think about the meaning of a passage. This collection published by @vintageanchorbooks and edited by David M. Shapard is an excellent compilation of definitions of words that had a different meaning then than they do now, sketches and photos of clothing, furniture, carriages, estates, etc. from Austen’s time, maps of cities and countrysides, cultural customs and norms along with details of Austen’s life and other writings. The actual text of the novel is on the left page with the corresponding details noted on the right page. This format provides an easy reading environment so you can determine what details you want to easily reference as you go. The only change I would make in this collection is providing the books in hardback to better preserve the spine.

Let me know if you have any questions! Happy Reading!

The pages in this photo are from ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and the editorial details include two definitions, background details on winter activities, the conflict between a husband who is dedicated to sport and country life when the wife wants shopping and a social life in the city, the postal service of the day and an artist’s rendition of the Mayfair district where most of the characters in the novel reside. I have found that I have a deeper appreciation and fuller enjoyment of Austen’s writing when reading these editions. Jane’s wit and satire really shines through!

The pages in this photo are from ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and the editorial details include two definitions, background details on winter activities, the conflict between a husband who is dedicated to sport and country life when the wife wants shopping and a social life in the city, the postal service of the day and an artist’s rendition of the Mayfair district where most of the characters in the novel reside. I have found that I have a deeper appreciation and fuller enjoyment of Austen’s writing when reading these editions. Jane’s wit and satire really shines through!

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