Emma (Fourth Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) Fourth Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393927641
ISBN-10: 0393927644
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About the Author

Jane Austen (1775–1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

George Justice is Vice Provost for Advanced Studies and Dean of the Graduate School as well as Professor of English at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He is the author of The Manufacturers of Literature: Writing and the Literary Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century England as well as essays and reviews on books related to eighteenth-century literature and culture. He is editor, with Albert J. Rivero, of the scholarly journal The Eighteenth-Century Novel. He is co-editor of Women’s Writing and Circulation of Ideas: Manuscript Publication in English, 1550–1800.
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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Fourth Edition edition (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393927644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393927641
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don C. Couch on June 14, 2014
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If you haven't read a Jane Austen novel more than once, you won't understand that this uneducated lady wrote world class novels.

As a "Janeite" having read all six novels plus Lady Susan twice in the past year, this is the edition I recommend. It has old and modern criticism and source material in the back and helpful interpretations of archaisms at the bottom of the text page.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By COMALA on September 2, 2012
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I completely enjoyed this Jane Austen novel. As always, the Norton Critical Editions offer a complete study of the author and the novel itself. The editor of this book (as in all Norton Critical Editions)has done an expert job in giving the reader a fresh perspective on a classic book.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gift Giver on April 6, 2013
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I'm glad I paid extra to get the Norton Critical Edition. The footnotes are helpful in explaining terms used that are unfamiliar and make it more enjoyable. Didn't read the notes at the beginning of the book, as it was noted they would be spoilers to the plot. The information on the communities was interesting and adds to the understanding of the story.

I like the story. No deep plot here, so far, but the personalities are well written. Light reading. Generally, I read the book and then watch the movie to see how well the story is adapted to the screen. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Emma and I can see how she would be suited for the role of Emma.
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By Jayne Reed on May 2, 2015
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Great book glad I was forced to read it!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on January 3, 2015
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The book is great. The print is tiny, and the pages are super thin. I would definitely recommend reading the book, but would get a different edition. On the other hand, the notes are really helpful.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jae A. Fisher on February 27, 2013
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Classic story but I found the print rather small in this edition. The critical essays are helpful. I tried to read them after reading the story so that I wouldn't be prejudiced.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CCLS on April 3, 2013
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I bought this version for my 14yr old daughter and she enjoyed reading it and discussing it with me for awhile.
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