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Emma (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Jane Austen , Adela Pinch , James Kinsley
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17 April 2008 Oxford World's Classics
'I wonder what will become of her!' So speculate the friends and neighbours of Emma Woodhouse, the lovely, lively, wilful,and fallible heroine of Jane Austen's fourth published novel. Confident that she knows best, Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart. As Emma puzzles and blunders her way through the mysteries of her social world, Austen evokes for her readers a cast of unforgettable characters and a detailed portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition. Written with matchless wit and irony, judged by many to be her finest novel, Emma has been adapted many times for film and television. This new edition shows how Austen brilliantly turns the everyday into the exceptional. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed. / edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535521
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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"I should like to see Emma in love, and in some doubt of return; it would do her good," remarks one of Jane Austen's characters in Emma.

Quick-witted, beautiful, headstrong and rich, Emma Woodhouse is inordinately fond of match-making select inhabitants of the village of Highbury, yet aloof and oblivious as to the question of whom she herself might marry. This paradox multiplies the intrigues and sparkling ironies of Jane Austen's masterpiece, her comedy of a sentimental education through which Emma discovers a capacity for love and marriage. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Renowned artists are commissioned to design the binding for each of [White's Books]'s beautifully crafted hardcovers." --Fuck Yeah, Book Arts! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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EMMA WOODHOUSE, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. Read the first page
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Em is a Gem !!?? 6 Feb 2007
By Clinty
This novel - after a little adjustment to the style of writing if not accustomed to Austen - makes a marvellous read ! Emma is feisty, warm, witty and mischievous - but not without fault. One finds oneself caught up in the characterisation of Emma and quickly realise that the themes of pride, perception and prejudice ( Austen's speciality ) run throughout.

The reader really is only meant to see events from Emma's point of view - she is the heroine afterall. Her personality carries this novel - she is amusing, clever and inspiring - she has a good nature, is not too egotistical and is willing to learn from her mistakes.

My fave Jane Austen novel - with bouncy, flowing dialogue, an interesting main character and clever subversive story that does not reveal too much all at once, but allows the reader to indulge in the interraction of characters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
What can I add about this jewel of a book.
I first read it as a A level student in 1982, and did not know quite what to expect, having read no Austen before. What a revealation it was, the characterisation and pacing of the novel are as close to perfection as I have ever encountered.
Surely no writer can ever have matched Ms Austen for her consummate use of dialogue, and often what is implied says so much more than what is stated, a difficult technique.
Particular favourites of mine are Mr Wodehouse, and his constant fear of illness and draghts, and the verbal excesses of Miss Bates, both instantly recognisable characters.
If you do not know the plot, I won't reveal it, but heartily recommend this glorious read to anybody of any age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen's best novel! 10 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love, Jane Austen and keep reading her novels.
Her characters are so, so extraordinary, from unexceptional heroes to highly comic secondary characters. They are so much "like in real life", and at the same time, so mightly interesting, and thoroughly (but never boringly) described, that many cannot believe Jane Austen invented them, and try to imagine her own family and friends used as models.
Emma is highly entertaining from the beginning, but as for any of Jane Austen novels, I would say : highly entertaining for people who like to read real books of real litterature; if you don't, you can try Emma because it is funnier (Jane Austen sparkling humour) but you may like it... or not.
There is one particularity : we see the heroin, in the severest light, which makes that many don't make out her real, good qualities and overrate her (real, too;..) faults.
This Penguin edition has a pleasant cover, correct paper but no note at all, which surprised me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Handsome, clever and rich" 10 April 2012
Ah, the original feel-good romantic comedy. Snotty and arrogant Emma Woodhouse, takes it upon herself to arrange the love lives of her friends and neighbours in quiet and dreary Highbury. Is she as clever as she thinks she is?

This is a book that you probably feel you have read, even if you haven't. The plot and characters have been borrowed by two dozen TV and film adaptations, plus many hundreds (thousands?) of romantic novels. To escape these, you probably need to move to North Korea. So you already know the story, the characters, and the ending. Is it worth reading the novel?

Hell yes. This is one of the funniest books ever written. Jane Austin's piercing dry wit runs through every page, striking at the brilliant and believable characters, ridiculing the banality of village life, and achieving a perfect balance of humour, sympathy and wisdom. People who don't like this book typically raise two criticisms: the heroine is irritating, and nothing happens. Personally, I find Emma funny because she is so irritating. As for 'nothing happens', well that's true, except for the intimate portrayal of a whole community, in which half a dozen people fall in love.

Who bought Jane Fairfax the harpsichord? Will Frank Churchill visit Highbury? Will Miss Bates shut up? The characters are entirely convincing; they more or less jump out of the book and offer you a cup of tea. Time and again, I found myself thinking 'I know someone like that', and the best character of all is the flawed and incompetent heroine. Good characters don't have to be likable, but they better be interesting.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I seem to have been doomed to blindness." 21 Jun 2004
Emma Woodhouse, "handsome, clever, and rich," is the 21-year-old daughter of the elderly owner of Hartfield, the largest estate in Highbury. Though only a couple of hours away from London by carriage, Highbury regards itself as an isolated and virtually self-contained community, with the Woodhouse family the center of social life and at the top of its social ladder. Emma, doting on her hypochondriac father, whom she represents to the outside world, has grown up without a mother's softening influence, and at twenty-one, she is bright, willful, and not a little spoiled. Having too little to do to keep out of trouble, Emma's hobby is matchmaking, "the greatest amusement in the world,." Unfortunately, her sophistication in the social graces does not extend to much insight into human beings.
Taking Harriet Smith, a young woman of "questionable birth" under her wing, Emma makes Harriet her "project," educating her in the social graces, convincing Harriet not to marry farmer Robert Martin, who has courted her, and ultimately persuading Harriet, wrongly, that the vicar, Mr. Elton, is falling in love with her. Bored and without a large circle of "suitable" friends, Emma is an incorrigible meddler, playing with the lives of those around her, snubbing those she considers inferior, gossiping about others in an attempt to divert attention to herself, and misreading intentions. Only Mr. Knightly, sixteen years older than Emma and a friend of her father, stands up to Emma and tells her what he thinks of her behavior, and it is through him that she eventually begins to grow.
Love and the formal protocol or marriage are a major focus here, with marriage more often a merger of "appropriate" families than the result of romance or passion.
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