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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407090580
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

Emma

Penguin English Library




The real evils, indeed, of Emma’s situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself - Emma, Jane Austen

Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407090580
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

About the Author

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16 December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.

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Praise for Emma

“Austen's characters are unquestionably one key to her greatness. Her understanding of the human heart is forensic and also frosted with the necessary detachment that gives deeper meaning to her rendering of human frailty.. In Emma, Jane Austen shows us the halting development of an adolescent girl from perky narcissism to something approaching empathy”

Guardian

“It is the cleverest of books. I especially love the dialogue - every speech reveals the characters' obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural...absolutely gripping”

Susannah Clarke

“Jane Austen is my favourite author! Shut up in measureless content, I greet her by the name of most kind hostess, while criticism slumbers”

E.M. Forster

“The wit of Jane Austen has for partner the perfection of her taste”

Virginia Woolf

“Like Irvine Welsh, I am a great admirer of Jane Austen”

Alexander McCall Smith

“For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta Stone of literature”

Anna Quindlen

“How could these novels ever seem remote...the gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished, as comedies they are irresistibly and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be”

Eudora Welty

“That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with”

Sir Walter Scott

“I'd like to write a play as perfect as Emma”

Simon Gray


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