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The culmination of Jane Austen's genius, a sparkling comedy of love and marriage.

Beautiful, clever, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect.

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Listen to audio presented by Literary Affairs: Jane Austen's Emma. View our feature on Jane Austen.

Beautiful, clever, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

 

Synopsis:

New chronology and further reading; Tony Tanner's original introduction reinstated

Edited with an introduction and notes by Flora Stafford.

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

Table of Contents

Emma The Penguin Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen

Chronology

Introduction

Further Reading

Note on the Text

Emma

Volume One

Volume Two

Volume Three

Emendations to the Text

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439587
Editor:
Stafford, Flora
Notes by:
Stafford, Fiona
Editor:
Stafford, Flora
Author:
Austen, Jane
Author:
Stafford, Fiona
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Fiction
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Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
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Love stories
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Humorous fiction
Subject:
Female friendship
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General Fiction
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Mate selection
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Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
107-292
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7.84x5.08x.90 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect.
"Synopsis" by ,
 

Listen to audio presented by Literary Affairs: Jane Austen's Emma. View our feature on Jane Austen.

Beautiful, clever, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

 

"Synopsis" by , New chronology and further reading; Tony Tanner's original introduction reinstated

Edited with an introduction and notes by Flora Stafford.

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