Prior to her death, Austen had six published novels and two were published posthumously. Early works included well known titles such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. As with most authors, Austen's style matured over time.
Emma was published in December 1815. Jane Austen took on an unusual task when creating this book. Her intention was the write about a character that no one but herself "would much like". Yet, the opposite is true. While Emma is not perfect, she is human and that's probably why she proved to be so popular - both then and now.
Recreation of Jane Austen's desk at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, UK
This novel was dedicated to the Prince Regent despite Austen's dislike of him and his reign. Unfortunately, her untimely death meant the death of further writing, writing that, 200 years later, still proves popular amongst people from all walks of life.
The play is based on Jane Austen's letters from the period when the novel was published and from the novel Emma. This is a fully costumed production which is being presented by the City of Moreland and is a free event.