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When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse—one of Jane Austen's immortal creations—flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its considerable wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman's progress toward self-understanding.
Emma abounds in the droll character sketches at which Jane Austen excelled. In addition to the well-intentional heroine and her hypochondriacal father, the village of Highbury during the Regency period is populated by an amusing circle of friends and family—kindhearted but tedious Miss Bates, a chatterbox spinster; ambitious Mr. Elton, a social-climbing parson; Frank Churchill, an enigmatic Romeo; Mr. Knightley, Emma's brother-in-law and the voice of her better nature; and a cluster of other finely drawn, unforgettable personalities.
The author's skill at depicting the follies of human nature in a manner both realistic and affectionate elevates this tale of provincial matchmaking to the heights of scintillating satire. A classic of English literature that has delighted readers since its 1816 publication, the novel is now available in this high-quality, inexpensive edition sure to charm a new generation.
This is an interesting Austen novel because the main character – the eponymous Emma – is surprisingly multidimensional. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Audiobook Bandit
I have read all of Jane Austen's novels in the order in which they were published. Emma is my favorite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francis C. Donnelly
In my view, Emma is the best book Jane Austen wrote, and yet it is little known, compared to the popular ones. Jane was wise about relationships. This one has many. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marcy
Emma, was a great surprise. It has been on my list for quite a while and after finally getting around to it, I love it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R.F
My least favorite Austen - couldn't stand the heroine (and Austen loved her! Inconceivable!) but Emma is a genuine one-of-a-kind Miss-know-it-all creation and way before her time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by noorilhuda
Excellent as you would expect...could be a difficult read if you are not familiar with the style of writing of that era.Published 10 months ago by Proud Mommom of 5