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Emma: The Illustrated Edition [Kindle Edition]

Jane Austen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FPZ2EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story and a great lesson June 30, 2011
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I love Jane Austen, but Emma is a cut above because it is so easy going. I felt like I could get lost in the world of a sheltered and spoiled young woman as she comes of age. And I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything but Love?... September 28, 2012
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Jane Austen's fourth published novel, "Emma", features a heroine who is "handsome, clever, and rich" and decidedly content with her status in life. Unlike Austen's other heroines, the well-born Emma Woodhouse has no pressing need to find a suitable husband. However, she doesn have an incorrigible need to meddle in the romantic lives of others. This compulsion becomes the basis for some excellent romantic comedy for the reader and a lesson in life for Emma.

As the story opens, Emma is congratulating herself for having arranged the marriage of her governess and friend to a wealthy neighbor in the town of Highbury. Not content to rest on her laurels, and ignoring the advice of friendly mentor Mr. Knightley, Emma decides to make something of her new friend Harriet Smith, a young woman of uncertain parentage who is willing to follow Emma's guidance. The resulting fiasco almost, but not quite, makes Emma swear off her ways. But other relationships in Highbury will need tending; Emma will be surprised to find that her own emotions are involved, and her happiness at risk...

Jane Austen's "Emma" is very highly recommended to her fans as perhaps the most polished of her romantic comedies, and as the tale of a slightly unexpected romance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! January 2, 2013
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I really enjoyed the original version of this story versus the many Hollywood versions. Having the original illustrations was definitely and extra treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The pictures are cute, but not necessary. February 18, 2013
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Of course, this is the illustrated version, so they are expected. Don't think you need to spend extra money just for the pictures, the book is great either way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated copy July 8, 2012
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This excellent book does not need illustration to enjoy it but I like them anyway. Emma is the kind of classic book that should be read again and again.
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Reading Jane Austen is like visiting a beloved friend who lives far away. After an absence of several years, I once again picked up "Emma" and enjoyed reading the story of the rather officious Emma and her matchmaking schemes which definitely go awry, and, as always, found something new that I had missed. Jane Austen is the mistress of her genre and in a way is a feminist writer. We never hear the conversations of men if they are absent from the women, their thoughts and motives are known only through the impact they have on other characters: meanness, nobility of spirit, love, caring, callousness, and even dastardly behaviour, all come to life when her female characters rise to the occasion of dealing with these men.

For Jane Austen, the women are the ones who count and we know how the women think, how they pine for a better life, a happier existence. They do fall into the pattern of respectability (or not), and Austen brings up subjects of illegitimacy, abandonment, and sexual feelings in ways that are both stark and poignant, and are subjects that, 20 years in the future, women are supposed to not know about.

Most people already know the story of Emma, who, let's face it, is slightly confused about who stands where. The best example is how Emma imagines that young Harriet is the child of monied noble parents; she pushes for her to marry the vicar despite the fact that the vicar is haughtily aware of his own position and is aghast to imagine courting someone's love child.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is as good as Pride and Prejudice May 20, 2014
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I read Emma in college, along with most of Austen's novels. I loved my professor, whose lectures made the book more interesting than it now seems to me. I am your adoring slave, Miss Austen, but this book plods!
In terms of this particular edition, the illustrations are inexplicably tiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emma February 3, 2014
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As always Ms. Austin adds such feeling and flavor to her pieces. This is one of my favorites by her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I held my interest but boring at times.
Published 1 month ago by June
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too Victorian for my tastes. I don't understand the Jane Austin phenomenon.
Published 2 months ago by Catherine L. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. The pictures were nice on my iPad ...
A great read. The pictures were nice on my iPad (they were a bit disappointing on my black and white kindle)
Published 4 months ago by Ruth Scovill
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a Jane Austen fan - you will love the book
I have read this book several times. If you are a Jane Austen fan - you will love the book. Very lively, funny, dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable book.
Published 4 months ago by RJMW
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I saw the movie and wanted to read the book to compare the two. Loved it, even though I had a little difficulty with old English language from time to time.
Published 14 months ago by Kathy Merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but not exactly "illustrated."
"Emma" is indeed a tricky novel to learn to love. Many will argues that the character is largely annoying, unlikeable, and immature. That, I might suggest, is the point. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Riverwatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Reading
Jane Austin's command of the internal and external functioning of the human mind is most absorbing. Congratulations to her insight!
Published 19 months ago by Eliz. Dickie-Pellett
4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrations add charm.
How can one not like Emma.The story is charming ..the illustrations were a pleasant reminder of a literary time past
Published 19 months ago by sabina meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Everyone should be required to read some Jane Austen if for nothing else than to improve their vocabulary! It's great.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars really nice book
I really liked this book. Wish I had more of hers to read, too. She was an excellent author and wrote so loving of an age that is gone forever. Thanks.
Published 23 months ago by Lucky Gal.
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Though the domain of Jane Austen's novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her family's entertainment. As a clergyman's daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. At twenty-one, she began a novel called "The First Impressions" an early version of Pride and Prejudice. In 1801, on her father's retirement, the family moved to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby, Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austen's identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.

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