Jane Austen’s novel Emma was published on this day in 1815, although this article says that the title page of the first edition gives a publication date of 1816.
The recent BBC ranking of British novels by non-English critics puts Emma at at #19, 8 ranks lower than Pride and Prejudice. The Guardian puts it at #9 among all English-language novels. No other Austen novels are on the list. Huh? (This is a pretty idiosyncratic list, actually.)
Here’s a very entertaining discussion of Emma from the BBC’s In Our Time podcast.
Time to add it to the to-be-reread list.