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Humor Benson, E.F.: Mapp and Lucia Omnibus. v6. 25 Nov 2012
#1  HarryT 02-21-2010, 11:03 AM
An omnibus edition of the "Mapp and Lucia" stories of E.F. Benson, published between 1920 and 1939.

Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as "Lucia", is the acknowledged leader of cultural and social life in her village of Riseholme. Spiteful and vindictive Elizabeth Mapp likewise (although less accurately) regards herself as the leading light in the social world of the small seaside town of Tilling. Both Mapp and Lucia are gross hypocrites, snobs, egotists, and bullies, but carry out their respective schemes in very different ways.

This wonderful series of books, written between 1920 and 1939, is a humorous account of the scheming, back-stabbing social world of "one-upmanship" of the English upper classes in 1920s and 30s England. The first two books are about Lucia and Mapp separately (Benson had no thought of a series at the time), but then things really take off when he brings his two wonderful creations together in the seaside town of Tilling (heavily based on the town of Rye in Sussex, where Benson lived for many years).

The book in this omnibus are:

These are some of my very favourite books. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

EDIT: 10 Nov 07

Extensive reformatting and improved layour. Cover picure added. Uploaded v2.

EDIT: 24 Feb 08

More formatting improvements. Uploaded v3.

EDIT: 27 Mar 08

Replaced "Queen Lucia" with a new version to sort out an issue with incorrect paragraph breaks. Uploaded v4.

EDIT: 21 Feb 10

Sorted out some formatting issues with the book which prevented a clean conversion to ePub format. Replaced the cover image. Uploaded v5.

EDIT: 25 Nov 12

Fully proofed against a printed edition and reformatted. Added the short story, "Desirable Residences". Uploaded v6. I would now regard this as a finished work; if you find even the smallest problem with it, please let me know.


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#2  Kattermole 03-20-2010, 01:53 AM
Thank you so much for this. It's a favorite series. :-)


Kattermole.
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#3  pendragginp 06-20-2010, 05:57 PM
Ditto that, thank you! =)
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#4  ChrisO 08-26-2010, 01:13 PM
I registered on this site solely because I heard through the grapevine that the Lucia series could be found here. Thank you!
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#5  issybird 12-04-2010, 11:50 PM
Wonderful, thanks so much!
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#6  Rajmahid 02-01-2011, 02:39 PM
You've done a spectacular job with the M&L Omnibus, thank you!

I have but one small issue, perhaps you can assist with it. When converting your ePub to Mobi via Calibre (ver. 0.7.43), the smarten punctuation parameter I spcify for the conversion process, most of the books' quotation marks at the beginning of a sentence are displayed backwards -- the back-ends are fine. The identical phenomenon occurs Calibre's smart quotes through ePub also. Most unusual; I'd appreciate any feedback regarding this issue from a more informed user than I.

Other than that, I'm in love with Benson's 'Lucia' series -- what a hidden treasure -- and your formatting is the very best I've seen -- the "backwards quote" notwithstanding
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#7  HarryT 02-01-2011, 02:46 PM
Might be best to ask in the Calibre forum.
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#8  Rajmahid 02-01-2011, 03:41 PM
Quote HarryT
Might be best to ask in the Calibre forum.
Good idea, though of the 300+ ebooks I've processed with Calibre using the "smarten punctuation" option, this is the first time the backward quotes issue has occurred.

I just thought this might be the place to address the issue, seeing as the M&E Omnibus was formatted and tweaked by a member here.

Will report back if I hear anything in the Calibre forum.
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#9  Rajmahid 02-01-2011, 04:55 PM
Well, I received some very prompt replies from Kovid in the Calibre forum, along with supporting advice from another member. Rather than post a lengthy reply, here's the thread regarding the issue with attempting smart quote conversions of Mapp & Lucia Omnibus:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=119518

I'll try to fix the problems manually with Sigil -- no promises due to time constraints -- but if I do, I'll upload it here for everyone's approbation.
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#10  Carl32 02-09-2011, 02:29 PM
Quote Rajmahid
Well, I received some very prompt replies from Kovid in the Calibre forum, along with supporting advice from another member. Rather than post a lengthy reply, here's the thread regarding the issue with attempting smart quote conversions of Mapp & Lucia Omnibus:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=119518

I'll try to fix the problems manually with Sigil -- no promises due to time constraints -- but if I do, I'll upload it here for everyone's approbation.
Well, I guess then it's not a coincidence that the same person that formatted the "Mapp and Lucia Omnibus" also did the "The Chronicles of Barsetshire" Omnibus. I downloaded it and also ran into the same inverted-quote problem when I tried to convert it in Calibre.

I wish I had a clue, but have settled for the Project Gutenberg Barsetshire novels that have no problems with inch-mark quote conversions to smart quotes. Must be the way he formats his books.
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