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Emma Woodhouse is a wealthy, exquisite, and thoroughly self-deluded young woman who has "lived in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

Jane Austen exercises her taste for cutting social observation and her talent for investing seemingly trivial events with profound moral significance as Emma traverses a gentle satire of provincial balls and drawing rooms, along the way encountering the sweet Harriet Smith, the chatty and tedious Miss Bates, and her absurd father Mr. Woodhouse–a memorable gallery of Austen's finest personages. Thinking herself impervious to romance of any kind, Emma tries to arrange a wealthy marriage for poor Harriet, but refuses to recognize her own feelings for the gallant Mr. Knightley. What ensues is a delightful series of scheming escapades in which every social machination and bit of "tittle-tattle" is steeped in Austen's delicious irony. Ultimately, Emma discovers that "Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common."

Virginia Woolf called Jane Austen "the most perfect artist among women," and Emma Woodhouse is arguably her most perfect creation. Though Austen found her heroine to be a person whom "no one but myself will much like," Emma is her most cleverly woven, riotously comedic, and pleasing novel of manners.

Steven Marcus is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and culture. A fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Literary Studies, he has received Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Rockefeller, and Mellon grants. He is the author of more than 200 publications.

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Virginia Woolf called Jane Austen "the most perfect artist among women," and Emma Woodhouse is arguably her most perfect creation. Emma is a wealthy, exquisite, and thoroughly self-deluded young woman who has "lived in the world with very little to distress or vex her." Seemingly impervious to romance of any kind, Emma traverses a gentle satire of provincial balls and drawing rooms, along the way encountering a memorable gallery of Austen's finest personages, including the sweet Harriet Smith, the chatty and tedious Miss Bates, and her absurd father Mr. Woodhouse. Every interplay, every romantic scheme is steeped in Austen's delicious irony. Emma is Austen's most cleverly woven and most pleasing novel of manners.

About the Author

Steven Marcus is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and culture. A fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Literary Studies, he has received Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Rockefeller, and Mellon grants. He is the author of more than 200 publications.

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9781593081522
Introduction:
Marcus, Steven
Notes by:
Blake, Victoria
Introduction by:
Marcus, Steven
Introduction:
Marcus, Steven
Author:
Austen, Jane
Author:
Marcus, Steven
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Barnes & Noble
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General
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Classics
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Barnes and Noble Classics
Publication Date:
20041231
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 1.36 in

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"Synopsis" by , Virginia Woolf called Jane Austen "the most perfect artist among women," and Emma Woodhouse is arguably her most perfect creation. Emma is a wealthy, exquisite, and thoroughly self-deluded young woman who has "lived in the world with very little to distress or vex her." Seemingly impervious to romance of any kind, Emma traverses a gentle satire of provincial balls and drawing rooms, along the way encountering a memorable gallery of Austen's finest personages, including the sweet Harriet Smith, the chatty and tedious Miss Bates, and her absurd father Mr. Woodhouse. Every interplay, every romantic scheme is steeped in Austen's delicious irony. Emma is Austen's most cleverly woven and most pleasing novel of manners.
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