Celebrating the Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Celebrating the Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

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On December 25th, 1815, Jane Austen’s novel Emma was published at the author’s own financial expense in London, England. Austen retained the copyright and paid a 10 percent commission to publisher John Murray II Publishing House. In America, the book was $4 a copy. It received mixed reviews at first, but as time passed it gained more popularity until everyone came to love the heroine, Emma Woodhouse. This must have been a surprise to Jane Austen, who had previously stated she was creating a character “whom no one but myself will much like.” image via The Daily Mail Perhaps Jane Austen …

Six Iconic Shakespeare Memes

Six Iconic Shakespeare Memes

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Shakespeare’s plays are whackier and whackier the more you read. Confusion, dirty jokes, and some pretty unbelievable things happening at sea. So many things are just begging to be memed. It’s a shame memes weren’t even invented until four hundred years after his death. At least we can give his works the meming they deserve retroactively. Image via Pintrest   What an icon. Shakespeare invented countless words, including the word countless. But let’s get to plot nonsense. I confess, my love of hamlet shows a little here, but who can blame me? There’s a reason it’s so widely read. Plus, …