New York Metropolitan Region

Exloring Emma
May 4, 2013

Mr. Weston asks “what two letters … express perfection?” and supplies the answer “M and A” which stand for Emma.  We agree, but add that the three letters that express perfection are “M A Y” because on Saturday, May 4 at 2 PM we will be presenting a perfect all-Emma program.

David Shapard
David Shapard

The speaker is David Shapard, author/editor of annotated editions of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, The Annotated Persuasion and The Annotated Emma.  Among other points, he will be discussing why many think Emma is Jane Austen’s finest novel, one in which she presents her best picture of English village life.  Our guest is looking forward to a spirited question and answer session afterwards.

We usually begin our meetings with an ice breaker game, but in this case we are offering you the opportunity to discuss a sardonic short story “Poor Emma,” set twenty years after the wedding of Emma and George Knightley.  It was written by the late Reginald Hill, mystery writer and passionate Janeite.  Those who register for the meeting will receive a scanned copy of “Poor Emma” to read ahead of time.

As usual, there will be a reception after the talk.  Registration is $35 for members, $40 for guests and $15 for Juvenilia members.

Click here for more information (and period illustration) and to print out a registration form to pay by check.

To pay by PayPal, go to and click on registration in the Announcement column.

Our venue is the Columbia University Faculty House at 64 Morningside Drive.  The building is reached by walking along the north side of 116th St between Amsterdam and Morningside, and turning in just past the Jerome Greene building.  Signs will direct you.  (For fuller directions, including how to get there by bus and subway, click here.  Be sure to scroll down.)

—Linda Dennery and Meg Levin

Columbia University Faculty House
Columbia University Faculty House