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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.
Excellent as you would expect...could be a difficult read if you are not familiar with the style of writing of that era.Published 3 days ago by D. Brunetti
In this novel by Jane Austen, we get the opportunity to watch the maturing of a young lady change from her meddling, matchmaking ways into a woman full of confidence and grace.Published 3 months ago by Jyl Milner
The book arrived within three days and was in perfect condition. I'm glad I didn't live in the era in which Austen writes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy Byrd
Great quality and a beautiful cover for a reasonable price.
The novel is a classic and my favorite Austen tale.
Great, classic novel. Everyone should read this book. I fully admit I am a 28 year woman who likes YA novels. Read morePublished 4 months ago by the.dragon.and.princess
I was first introduced to Jane Austen when my college roommate, an English major, announced it was 'the perfect novel'. When I finally read EMMA after college, the book puzzled me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Oh, Emma. The book is a classic. I love the cover art. I love the price. I love the fast shipping. Let's see. What else can I say. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Varda Elentari
I've seen the movie many times but never ventured to read the book. Thoroughly enjoy her writing style. So great to finally read the book! IPublished 10 months ago by Jen S