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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics Hardcover (March 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014119247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192475
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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The book has a nice cover and good quality.
Bo Yu
Jane Austen was a great author who without using too complex words made simple stories, with characters you can't forget.
Pam
Then Mr. Knightley comes into the romantic picture, both Emma and Harriet fall in love with him.
Kent Stuart

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RenKyo on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Emma" is the first Jane Austen novel I read and since then I have read most of Jane Austen's novels. The story takes you back to old Enland (I guess 1800s)..the main character Emma, is a smart young woman from a well to do family in England. The story pretty much revolves around our heroine in her attempts at matchmaking, the social norms of England in those times etc. Though it borders on romance, I would say it is more of drama. Of course, Knightley (though old) is an adorable character in the story. Though Emma might seem a little...spoiled to some readers, I would say she is a sensible, likeable heroine. This book is one of the classics and is a wonderful read...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Jones on May 13, 2010
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The Penguin clothbound classics are beautiful. They make beautiful gifts and look great on the bookshelf. I looked everywhere and the price I paid on Amazon ($13.60) is by far the cheapest. They're a bargain at that price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Wicks on April 24, 2010
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If you collect books, this is a wonderful addition to almost any collection. The story itself is of course timeless and great, but it's really the fact that it has been "wrapped" so beautifully at a reasonable price which makes this book a solid selection. Can't wait for penguin to release more in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jiang Xueqin on August 31, 2013
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In this timeless Jane Austen classic, Emma Woodhouse is young, rich, and beautiful. She is happy and comfortable, without any complaint in the worry, doted on by everyone around her, especially her pleasant father. A tragedy in the Woodhouse household is when someone departs -- first the eldest daughter Isabella and then the beloved governess -- but both Emma and her father are assured and comforted by the strongest belief that the two could never leave each other.

The departure of her governess has vexed Emma though, and bored and feeling mischievous Emma decides to take on a new plaything -- a young impressionable Harriet Smith -- and play match-maker. In the rustic bubble that is the lower British aristocracy, there is no crime, poverty, and disease, and everyone ends up marrying their rich, well-to-do, and articulate cousin or neighbor anyway. Marriage then is a very low-stakes game, but because it is a game people -- especially Emma -- take it far too seriously, and seek to marry for the greatest advantage possible (marriage is for "security, stability, and improvement" in her words). In her silly game-playing Emma mischievously plays with the feelings of all those around her, and in her silly mischief ends up marrying herself to the perfect man.

I did not enjoy "Emma" as much as I thought I would. Sometimes, the writing is beautiful and musical, as per Austen's intention. But sometimes it can be clunky and overwrought as well. The plot -- if what happens can be called a plot -- is low-stakes and meaningless, empty and silly gossip and chatter in people's parlour-rooms. And insight into the priorities of high-born women intent on marriage -- especially the evasiveness and trickiness of their emotions -- is better handled by Iris Murdoch and Edith Wharton.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ornery, Swaggering, Piece of work on April 26, 2013
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Emma I believe, is Austen's longest novel, and may be considered the most complex, indepth one.

The plot in short goes as follows: Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy, well-meaning but immature heir to Hartfield, in the village of Highbury, takes up the hobby of match-making. Emma attempts to bring together her friend Harriet Smith and Mr. Elton, with unsatisfying results. When Frank Churchill comes to visit his father, Mr. Weston, Emma and he make fast friends, much to the dismay of Mr. George Knightley, and sceme about Ms. Jane Fairfax. The story ends when Emma discovers her own true match, after many trials and tribulations.

The book starts out a touch slowly; don't give up too soon! This novel is well written (most Jane Austen stories are) and very funny, Emma Woodhouse is nearly impossible to dislike, even if you don't approve of what she's doing. There are many different characters, so you may have trouble remembering them all at first, after the first read it gets easier. You may find it helpful to see it as a movie first, Emma with Kate Beckinsale in the lead role is the best in my opinion.

This book is definately worth a read, it is most enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam on November 22, 2011
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Jane Austen was a great author who without using too complex words made simple stories, with characters you can't forget. She had insights into human nature that make her story meaningful today just as it was in the early 1800's.
Emma is a beautiful and fortunate woman who has had only good luck. She thinks she knows it all. But really it's just she hasn't experienced the world. But this belief makes her get involved in the problems of others and disrupts her peaceful life. However it's not that serious, the results are comical and teaches you the important lesson to mind your own business!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Beth Johnson on August 2, 2010
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These books are wonderful! I love feeling like not only am I reading a delightful classic but I am doing so with a piece of art. They are truly treasures on my bookshelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorena on December 2, 2012
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This may very well be my second favorite Jane Austen book. The plot is ingenious, and the characters are hilarious. Dover does a good job of publishing, and this book is no exception. I highly recommend Emma!
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