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Emma : Penguin Classics - Jane Austen


Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780141439587
Number Of Pages: 512
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Beautiful, clever, rich – and single Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protigie Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austin's most flawless work.

This edition includes a new chronology, additional suggestions for further reading and the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner.

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 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 18 July 1817.

Jane Austen was extremely modest about her own genius, describing her work to her nephew, Edward, as 'the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory, on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour'. As a girl she wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were published only 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 (1815). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1817 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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"Jane Austen is my favorite author! ... Shut up in measureless content, I greet her by the name of most kind hostess, while criticism slumbers." --EM Forster

About the Series
About This Volume
About the Text
Emma: The Complete Text in Cultural Context
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text
Cultural Documents and Illustrations
A Riddle
Unfortunate Situation of Females, Fashionably Educated, and Left without a Fortune (1787)
Letter to his Son (1750)
Essay on the Picturesque (1810)
Our Domestic Policy No. 1 (1829)
Opinions of Emma (Ca. 1816)
Crossed Letter from Jane Austen to Cassandra (June 20, 1808)
The Frolics of the Sphinx (1820)
Square Pianoforte (1805)
A Barouche Landau (1805)
A View of Box Hill, Surrey (1733)
The Lincolnshire Ox (1790)
Emma: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Emma
Gender Studies and Emma
What Is Gender Studies?
Gender Studies: A Selected Bibliography
A Gender Studies Perspective:
âÇ£Not at all what a man should be!âÇ : Remaking English Manhood in Emma
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ISBN: 9780141439587
ISBN-10: 0141439580
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: May 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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